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August 27th, 2011, 12:39 PM
mticknor's Avatar Veteran
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My son was born completely deaf in his left ear. At first, the audiologist thought it was something called auditory neuropathy...but then she ruled that out.

This is my first child and no one can figure out why this occurred. He was full term, healthy, not complications during pregnancy....

Anyone else out there with a similar situation? Trying to figure out what caused this to occur.
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August 31st, 2011, 09:03 PM
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Sometimes things just happen.... My son is hard of hearing and I am trying to accept that it just happened and it is no ones fault. I am sorry you are dealing with this!

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September 6th, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Thanks for the response! Do they know why your son was born hard of hearing? Or was he born with normal hearing and then he lost it?
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October 21st, 2011, 07:23 PM
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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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