Forum: Children with Vision, Hearing & Sensory Issues
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My son was born deaf in his right ear. His is Sensory-Neural hearing loss. It was nothing we did, or anything we could have prevented. His ear is slightly malformed, kind of a birth defect, so that is what caused it, though you really couldn't tell until he got a bit older. I couldn't tell at all when he was an infant. You honestly can't tell his ear is deformed unless someone points it out and you look closely. We didn't find out he was deaf until he was around 5 years old, as they didn't do routine hearing screening when he was born.
Most of the time you can't even tell that he is partially deaf. During elementary school he wore a cool "hearing aid" type of thing on his good ear, and the teacher wore a microphone, so that if she was on his bad side he could still hear her. He has learned very well how to compensate, so he no longer needs the hearing aid and gets along without it in school. He probably says "Huh?" more than most kids, but it is usually only when there is a lot of background noise. If that happens, he typically repositions himself, and you just have to repeat yourself or speak up.
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Last edited by somo_chickenlady; October 21st, 2011 at 06:27 PM.