It took about three different, yet painful times to finally get the result. I dreaded returning to the hearing testing room a little more each time. Trying to keep a baby asleep while the audiologist pokes something in each of Mila’s ears, roughly using rubbing alcohol on her forehead so the sensors that read brainwaves will stick. And, when she wakes, I must nurse her back to sleep. Every time she sleeps, I hold my breath in hopes that she doesn’t wake up. Holding my breath does not work, without a fail, she wakes up. If she doesn’t wake up on her own, something will wake her up like, the ear plugs will fall out (which it does, very often) and it needs to be re-inserted. That wakes the baby. Then, audiologist gets frustrated which gets me anxious and the cycle continues. The bottom line is: SHE MUST BE ASLEEP OTHERWISE THE TEST IS NOT VALID. Why, oh why in this day and age of fancy technology haven’t they created something hi-tech to put in her ears to stay the whole time? Anyhow, it took three visits. None of them fun.
Oh yes, the final result? She can hear perfectly in her left ear and absolutely nothing in her right ear. What does that mean then? It means that hearing aids will not work for her right ear. The only other possible option is the cochlear implant…but,insurance will not cover that. Their philosophy is: She can hear in one ear and that’s good enough. Our biggest concern was~ and I say was because it really is in the past tense~ will hearing out of one ear affect her speech? According to research, it varies from individual to individual. Sometimes, having a unilateral hearing loss can affect speech, sometimes it doesn’t. MIla has the gift of the gab. She babbles from the minute she wakes up til the minute she falls asleep. According to speech milestones, she’s far ahead of her peers. So, that’s solved.
So, Mila is somewhat like~ she doesn’t have perfect hearing. But, it’s certainly way better than mine and she will have a completely different experience than I will have.
As of now, there’s nothing to worry about. School, on the other hand, is another wait and see. The noise in the classroom could make her tire easily which could affect her academics. We’ve got time to worry about that. We are staying in the here and now which is making the whole family squeal with delight right along with her.