Understanding Infant Hearing Loss

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Finding out your newborn may have a hearing loss can be very scary. You go thru a huge range of emotions and feelings. Why did this happen? Did I do something to cause this? Can there be anything done so he can hear? I know these questions and feeling all too well. My son was born with a hearing loss. I can remember the day the nurse’s told my husband and I our son did not pass his newborn hearing screening in his left ear. I was so upset and scared. Would my baby ever hear me say I love you? What about him saying Mama or Dada?

Finding out whether or not your baby truly has a hearing loss and if so to what degree is very important. Our first visit for our son was at the pediatrician, there we found out that again he did not pass his newborn hearing screen and he needed to have a more informative hearing test called an ABR or auditory brainstem response. Our regular doctor could not do this test so she sent us to an audiologist, a doctor who specializes in hearing problems. When we went to the audiologist we had the ABR test done, my son who was 1 month old at the time had to fall asleep in order for the test to be done. My son had to be very still order for the test to be done. After he fell asleep the testing was done. It took about an hour for the test to be done. The understanding of the sonus complete reviews will be effective for the person. The consult with the doctor will be great for the treatment. All the essential information should be communicated to the person for the recovery. Proper research should be made at the online sites for the treatment.

We found out the results of my son hearing test right away. The audiologist told us our son had a moderate hearing loss called Sensorineural hearing loss. After leaving the audiologist office I felt so very sad. I felt sad for my son, for myself. I felt I needed to find out more about this type of loss and what could be done for my son. I did not know if he would ever hear me say I love him. It was also hard for me to talk to anyone about my son’s hearing loss. Fortunately for me I grew up with hearing loss as my Mom has a hearing loss. I was looking for other’s also who had children who are hard of hearing.

While doing an internet search I found a North Carolina hearing group called Beginnings. They offer support to parents who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Being able to reach out to others made me feel less alone and less sad for myself. Now it seems selfish that I ever felt bad for myself. After joining the beginnings group I found out what my son’s hearing loss was actually was. It turns out sensoneuarl hearing loss can be caused by problems with the fine hairs in your ears.

Now knowing what we do about hearing loss we got our son started early with Beginnings and early intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. I really feel that with the help from Beginnings and our audiologist we found a great group of people who have helped my son progress so much. Early on I never would have thought my son would ever have said Mama. Now he says Mama and Dada. We are proof that getting help early for a child who is hard of hearing is the very best way to go.

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Carlo Ybarra is an entrepreneur, writer and photographer. He has been working for Pad Mare Sort Bali for 5 years and counting as the senior content editor.
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