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March 29th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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I was wondering for those of you who have children with hearing loss how you knew? My son passed his newborn screening test so I didn't really worry too much about it. But he is almost two months old and doesn't seem to react to sounds at all. At first I chalked it up to the fact that we live in a house with three dogs that bark at EVERYTHING! He also is going to physical therapy tomorrow for his neck, they think he might have torticollis, but if so it is a very mild case. This was the second thing I contributed to him not turning his head to.

BUT, this past week he is turning his head both directions better (still favors one way) so I know he is able to turn his head. And, yesterday when my husband came home from work he opened the garage door and my dogs went nuts. They were in the nursery with us, as my son was nursing. They almost got in a fight so I raised my voice really loudly, my son didn't even flinch. I mean not an iota. Not even a blink. So, now I am beginning to think hearing loss. He also seems to be behind SLIGHTLY developmentally. Physically he does great, he has been rolling from tummy to back since he was 2.5 weeks old (no kidding) but only does it because he hates tummy time. He can push up on his elbows and hold his head up for 5 or more minutes at a time. But, he just started smiling and it is VERY hard to get him to do it, it's not social. He is also only making a few sounds. He still sleeps a ton. He has his 2 month well check up on Monday and I will be bringing it up with his doctor. Just wanted some other opinions from you guys!! THanks

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March 29th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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We were actually very fortunate; they did a follow up test when they released Danny from the NICU after a 2 month stay, and he failed it. That being said, I had one hearing child and one deaf child, and as babies, they were very much alike. Danny actually alerted to loud noises...not because they were loud noises, but because he saw the movement involved and/or felt vibration from them.

As for his development, I wouldn't say he's behind one iota. Babies tend to focus on one skill set at a time. Since your son is ahead on physical milestones, it's quite normal that he isn't the speediest kid on his other milestones. At this age, though, babies still don't make a whole lot of noise, they just do some cooing and such. As a rule of thumb, babies (and children with hearing loss who receive amplification) listen for approximately 6 months before they start to babble and communicate vocally, other than crying of course. Also, was your son early at all? Even if he was born at 36-38 weeks, this young you should still account for his adjusted age, aka the amount of time from his due date...because even a week or two can make a big difference in development.

Definitely do bring up your concerns with your doctor, and you may even request a repeat of the newborn hearing screen; it is a very quick, non-invasive, fairly inexpensive test. I've learned a lot about hearing loss since having Danny, though, and I don't see any red flags at this point; my gut feeling is that Easton (who is absolutely ADORABLE by the way!) is just fine Good luck, and please let us know how it goes!

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March 30th, 2011, 03:18 PM
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can't offer any advise here but glad you are talking to the doc.

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May 17th, 2011, 06:02 PM
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Did he pass his hearing test at the hospital? My son failed his twice so we were referred to an audiologist and that's when we found out.
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May 27th, 2011, 08:52 PM
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I am just lurking here. My daughter has auditory Neuropathy . We found our becasue when they tested her hearing after a 5 weeks stay in the NICU she failed 4 times with her left ear so we saw an audiologist when she was 4 months old. For anyone that doesn know her they would not know she has auditory neuroapthy - however she just started baby babbling at 13 months old.
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October 17th, 2012, 03:19 PM
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Well, with my son I just had a gut feeling. He didn't really speak until he was 3 and then only I could understand him. But because he was within the "normal parameters" for development our ped didn't see anything to worry with. He also passed all of his hearing screens. At his 4 year check up I actually took him in specifically to ask for a referral to an audiologist. My ped, bless his heart, gave it to me cause he trusted mommy gut over some hearing screen that my son passed.

Long story short - he has bilateral mild to moderate hearing loss (depending on the frequency). So coupled with my own hearing loss, the audiologist wanted the entire family tested. She interviews everyone first to get a feel for their abilities (she's good and usually spots where the problem is ahead of time). She didn't feel anyone else had any loss - lo and behold one of my daughters had worse loss than my son, she just coped very well and adjusted quickly.

So there you go - one child I had a gut feeling and the other child I was totally oblivious. I felt *much* better when the audiologist didn't even realize she had a loss either until the test showed it! (No one else in her life thought she had an issue either so whew!)

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