Wednesday, March 28, 2007

And the answer is...

Oh my. The ABR was a nightmare. If OTJ is right and this is a early example of my child's drunken behavior? LORD HELP ME. She is a belligerent little drunkard. Never in my life have I seen her fight like that. Wow. It was impressive. She so badly wanted to keep playing on the floor with the toys, but she kept falling over and smacking her head on things. I had to pick her up and hold her and she was not pleased. She screamed and kicked and writhed in my arms, for thirty minutes at least. A long thirty minutes. It took so long to calm her and get her to sleep that the nurse was coming in with a second dose when she finally quieted. Once she was asleep, it was much more pleasant. I read a magazine while the audiologist did her thing.

Turns out, KayTar has moderate to severe hearing loss in her left ear. Her right ear functions normally. She was fitted for her hearing aid today and after we see the ENT, she will have a pretty new ear accessory. The audiologist said that being deaf in one ear makes it difficult for her to hear when there is background noise, or to tell where a sound is coming from. The aid will help with that. She also said that if this was caused by a virus, like CMV (a suspect in regards to the lesions, too), her hearing could continue to deteriorate in both ears. She needs hearing tests every 3 months to keep an eye on it. So there it is! I'm glad we know and can start helping her now! Thanks for thinking of us today!

8 comments:

~aj~ said...

Argh, I had the wrong day so my good thoughts tomorrow won't do you much good. Anyways, I'm glad she got a new aid and I'm sure it help immensely!

Kristin said...

You're right...knowledge is power. I'm glad Kaytar will be getting the assistance she needs. Sorry she's a bad drunk :)

Her Bad Mother said...

ALWAYS have good thoughts for her, and you, all of you.

Big hugs.

NotSoSage said...

I'm so glad that you got some results that you can take and do something with.

Hugs for all of you.

Em said...

I think you know that I have a moderate to severe hearing loss... in both ears... I'm so glad that Kaytar will get the help she needs - a hearing aid will make a huge difference... and the audiologist is right - I have most trouble with background noise and determining where sounds come from.

epi said...

Great to hear that at least in one area (for a little while) you have a diagnosis that lets you get the help for her she needs - but poor drunken toddler : )

DDM said...

SO glad you have an answer to something you can HELP with!!! Yaaaay!!! You'll have to get video of her when she gets the aid, she will be AMAZED at how the world sounds. :-)

Beck said...

A little kid I know has fairly severe hearing loss and does SO well. I'm glad that it's something you can do something about, but it sounds like you went through a hard day.