Wednesday, February 3, 2010
February 3rd, 2010
My little monkey! Now Kinnick thinks she can stand while swinging. This kid has no fear.
We put Carver in the Sound Booth again today for some testing. The testing is pretty subjective. He is unable to push a button or tell us when he hears something, so we rely on his actions or responses to the noise. For example: If he is bouncing around, what does he do when a noise is presented? Typically, he will calm to listen to the noise. The end result indicated that he was hearing in the 45db to 55db range. This would be equivalent to someone with moderate hearing loss. This is about where we were several months ago, so I'm feeling a little frustrated. I have to keep reminding myself that the test is very subjective. I know that he is doing a lot better then he was several months ago. I also know that he responds to my voice in a whisper or from across the room. So, I'm pretty sure that his hearing is better then the subjective test indicated. The noises that were presented were not normal everyday noises. So, he may not have known how to process the noises. The audiologist has somewhat of a soft voice and Carver tends to respond to a little more excited voice. So, regardless of the written test results, Carver is hearing and responding and things continue to improve. So, these are still good test results. The audiologist also checked his eardrums and found that he has fluid behind his right ear (the same ear with the seroma). I'm not sure if the fluid is related to the seroma or not. It's odd that the fluid isn't going away behind the ear because Carver has been on a pretty strong antibiotic for about 2 weeks for a sinus infection. The audiologist is going to check the right ear again next week. If the fluid is still present, we'll have to see the ENT.