Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ok for Hearing Test Friday

Something that is driving me crazy!!!....I am sick of Pediatricians looking in Logan's ears and saying that he has the smallest ear canals they've seen. They say they can't see much and that is it! They are satisfied with this..."it's hard to see, I could see one part of one ear drum and it looked ok". If anyone knows where I can get a longer probe for their ear thing let me know. I will carry it in my diaper bag! All doctors should have one!!!!

Now that I have that off my chest...

We visited Logan's pediatrician today for his "pre-op" checkup. He's ok to go as long as his cold doesn't get any worse. So, Friday we will be going down to Milwaukee for a sedated auditory brain response test to check the quality of Logan's hearing. Around Christmas time his OT suggested we get his hearing checked because he did not seem to be responding at all to his musical toys or rattles. Also, he was rarely responding to his name or our voices.
I took him to an ENT in the area in January where he failed a hearing test and fluid was found in his ears. We then had ear tubes put in to drain the fluid and we retested his hearing, but he still failed. The local ENT did not feel comfortable going any further with Logan, since he has some other issues as well (breathing, sleep apnea) and he needed a more extensive hearing test (ABR), so we where sent to the Children's Hospital in Milwaukee to see a Pediatric ENT Specialist. This new doctor still had little answers for Logan's difficulty breathing and sleep apnea, but he did retest his hearing (still a fail) and set us up for the ABR. Logan needs to be sedated for between 1-2 hours to complete the test, so of course I am nervous about the sedation. The test itself should be a breeze.
In the last 2 months or so, Logan has started responding to sounds and his name so I am fairly confident that we will get good results on Friday. I just pray it all goes smoothly and that we don't get all the way down there and they tell us he is too sick to do the test.

3 comments:

Sandy said...

We'll be praying for you. I hope everything goes well and you can get some answers!

amy flege said...

wow i didnt realize you lived near milwaukee! my cousins live in racine and we get there quite often!!! good luck with hearing test. how lucky you got to play with little miss ruby too!

Anonymous said...

Melanie,
Logan is in good company...Julia has "the smallest ear canals" too. Very, very frustrating. Her pediatrician can only see the tip of one tube and never the other. julia's problem is ear wax...way too much of it. She just had her right tube (she has T tubes in) replaced as it had fallen out 1 1/2 months ago (yes, I was traumatized) but it's back in and ears were cleaned of all wax build up. We'll see how her ears are working in a month at her recheck. Here's to Logan and some good results.
Take Care,
Danielle