Tag Archives: conductive hearing loss

Ear Tubes

16 Jul

Miss H got her ear tubes yesterday. I posted last month about having to cancel. Well, yesterday it was successful but it had a fair share of trauma for all of us.

I had gotten various degrees of conflicting advice from friends, co-workers and the doctor about how exactly we should prepare Miss H for this whole thing. Some people said not to talk about it, others said to give her some details and a few said to tell her as much as we knew. Well, since she is only four, we decided to go with telling her some of the details and talk about the things that might bother her the most. We knew she would have to put on a hospital gown, get her temperature taken, get her blood pressure checked and have a mask put on her face. We talked about all these things the few days before and always tried to balance it out with spending the day with Mom and Dad, the play area at the ‘fancy doctor’ and how it would be really quick and then we would go to McDonald’s.

First issue- the hospital gowns had CATS on them. She wanted one with DOGS. Then they had to put a bracelet on her (we forgot about that part). Notice the bracelet is on her ankle and what you can’t tell is that the gown is on backwards.


But, we did get to spend a short amount of time in the play area.

And, I had to wear this ridiculous paper get-up. Even me trying to make her laugh was not working.


The time in the play area was not long enough (according to Miss H) and since they were ahead of schedule, it was time to head to the OR. This is the point where the meltdown occurred. She was scared. There were lots of doctors and nurses with masks on. It was really cold and I was carrying her into a really freaky looking room. She wanted nothing to do with any of it.

I felt terrible.

But, it was really quick and she met us in recovery room with as much anger as she had left the play area with. After some water, a popsicle and thirty minutes of watching Sponge Bob we headed home. She wanted nothing to do with going to McDonald’s but we did get some cuddle time at home.

She slowly forgave us for the whole ideal and we did get to McDonald’s.


Then it was back to regularly scheduled programming for the rest of the day.


On the positive side, I think she is already hearing things better. Is that even possible??

The Audiogram

19 Jun

audiogramA few months ago, we had Miss H’s four year old appointment and when they did the hearing test, she did not do well. The doctor chalked it up to her being four, the test not being that fancy, it being the first time and was generally, not concerned. She checked her ears (usually full of wax do to over-production), thought her speech was really clear and seemed to think Miss H was perfectly healthy. She did give us the information for an ENT, just in case we wanted to investigate it further. So since we have this fabulous health insurance, I decided to make an appointment just to see if there was an issue.

We had to wait almost 6 weeks to get into the ENT (who was super nice) for the appointment and testing. We met with the doctor first and then went back for the testing. Miss H talked everyone’s ear off and was a little miffed when she had to leave all the attention she was getting from the two doctors and several nurses to go into this padded quiet room. The audiologist started her testing and I knew right away she had found something. She did the same test a few times and looked like it was getting a reading she was not expecting. She then did the word repeating and sound test with Miss H. All of them were showing things not in the ‘normal’ range.

Then one of the doctors came back to see it all again. Miss H was great during all the poking, prodding, repeating, listening and such. The official diagnosis was moderate conductive hearing loss and they think it should be corrected with ear tubes. They are 75% sure the tubes will clear up the issue. The tubes are usually the first option because they usually show improvement really quickly and have a 95% success rate. The doctors were shocked by the results because her speech is super clear. Her hearing levels qualify her for speech therapy but at this point, we don’t think she needs it.

We felt a little guilty because Miss H had been saying, ‘What?’ and whole lot the last few months but we were chalking it up to a four-year old stalling technique. Her teachers were shocked by the news because of how quickly she has learned letter sounds, started to sound out words and her amazing ability to repeat conversations from across the classroom or next door to all of us ­čÖé

Kerry and I went back and met with the doctor because we had more questions and she was great with addressing our concerns.┬áSo, after waiting weeks for doctors appointment- I knew the surgery wait was going to be equally long. The only available date in June happened to fall on my birthday. Over the past few weeks, the ‘what’ has up-ticked and her teachers have noticed some trouble with ch or sh words.

We were all set for the surgery and then she got the stomach bug, Then, she had fluid in her ears. And, then the day before we postponed (with our pediatrician not being comfortable either) until July.┬áMore to come…