Jordan got tubes in early this month and had his hearing tested yesterday. It’s hard to get an accurate read, because he could care less about looking up when somebody plays static on some speakers at various levels. He does show some interest for his name… but not a whole lot.
Anyway – before tubes, he tested at 60 decibels for voice and 70 for static. That’s not very good, though not horrible. It’s as loud as a normal conversation up to a driving car’s motor. He didn’t respond at all to anything quieter.
After tubes, he was responding to voice at 40 decibels and static at 60, I think. That’s a huge improvement and I think it shows his increased interest and awareness to words and voices. I’m so proud of him! They said he ought to respond down to at least 20 decibels (whisper quiet).
They encouraged further testing (A sedated ABR test at the hospital – it measures your brain’s response to sounds.) Honestly, I’m not sure what is best. If it involved no stress for Jordan, we’d do it for sure. But it’s a day at the hospital, an IV, recovery, etc. and he doesn’t need more stress in his life. Everyday life presents enough challenges for our excelling little fellow! (I need to post a development update on him sometime. He’s doing great but still presenting us with confusing parenting challenges!) BUT, if he isn’t hearing very well, that will affect his development and him being able to hear us and develop is very important.
So…. I am leaning towards believing that he can hear better than the sound booth test indicates. Why? Because he isn’t interested in a stranger saying “uh-oh, ba-ba-ba” through a speaker. He’s just beginning to respond to his name and other spoken words, like “eat.” But, as I said, this is important, so we’ll see.
All for now!