Friday, November 18, 2011

ENT follow up

This morning Dariya had her 2 week follow up at the ENT's office to check her tube placement and to do another hearing screening.

We have noticed a dramatic change in Dariya's hearing.  She can hear at a whisper level which prior to surgery she wouldn't have responded.  So, I was so ready for the "all clear" and her hearing is great news but, didn't really get that.

She wasn't particularly a happy patient this morning as we left for the doctor's office at the same time Alayna was boarding the bus for preschool.  Oh my, Tasmanian devil came out for sure.  But, once on the road she was ok.  However, she wouldn't sit still and allow the audiologist to do all the testing that needed to be done so we aren't super sure of the validity of today's testing.

We got good readings from her right ear but, her left ear is still showing some hearing loss (hmm maybe all those years with fluid sitting behind her eardrums, you think?)  They checked her tubes and they look clear.  I was so hoping for a large amount of wax to be the problem but, it doesn't appear to be.

We will follow up again in 3 months to hopefully get accurate readings then we will go from there as to what to do next.

If you have a child with down syndrome, I can't stress enough to have their hearing checked regularly (at least every 6 months).  Alayna's ears were fine and she had no fluid behind her ear drums for the first 18 months then all of a sudden fluid appeared and stayed which limited her hearing tremendously.  Once she had tubes placed her hearing was back to normal and her language was again on the increase.

4 comments:

Becca said...

Oh, I hope the next test is better! But I'm glad to hear how much better her hearing is since she's been home, anyway. We get Sammi's ears checked regularly - definitely a good practice! Ears, eyes, teeth, blood. A must for children with Ds.

Erin said...

I agree. We are on our second set of tubes and they have done wonders for Lucas. Not to mention he hasn't had an infection since they were put in.

Zoey's mom, Heather said...

You know, strange as it may sound, I have often uttered the wish to swap some hearing or eye issues for one of the "other" things Zoey has hit. But am only of course kidding. Kind of!!

Hoping for a perfect test next time and can I say, that outfit ... darling!!

Mud pies and Moonlight said...

I foresee some tubes for Miss P... Give Dariya a smooch from me and tell her I think she looks absolutely stunning in her fancy dress. Love you!