A month ago, I wrote about Tyler’s glue ear and said we were waiting to get a hearing test done.
Unfortunately, the waiting list for Starship Audiology was 2-3 months, and our GP said we should not wait that long. So we decided to go private, and made an appointment at Dilworth Audiology in Remuera. It cost $90, but it will be covered under medical insurance.
Tyler had his hearing test last Friday. It was a “Play Test” and involved playing lots of different games with the Audiologist (Abby, who he took an immediate liking to).
He did so well! He surprised me, actually. I was sure he was having a fair amount of difficulty hearing, but it turns out his hearing is pretty good.
The first test was a real eye-opener. He was given a box with about 20 different toys inside. He had to name each one (which he did perfectly) and then Abby would say “where’s the ball, Tyler?” and he had to find the ball and put it back in the box. But each time she asked him a question, she did various things to make it harder for him to hear. She looked away from him, covered her mouth, mumbled, whispered, and used high and low tones. But he heard every single one, with no hesitation at all! I was pleasantly surprised.
For the next few tests, he had to wear headphones and whenever he heard a sound, he had to immediately place a shape onto a board. This was to test each ear individually, at various volume levels and frequencies. He didn’t freak out about wearing the headphones, or the little vibrating earpiece which tested his inner ear. Again, he did really well, and Abby was most impressed with him!
After the test, which took about 40 min, Abby gave us the results. She said hearing in the left ear is totally normal, and his tympanogram on that side was quite good. A complete change from the last one, which was totally flat. It means that it has improved (i.e. the fluid has drained away) on it’s own. However, he does have a small amount of low-frequency hearing loss in his right ear. That ear had a flat tymp, which means there is still fluid there. Abby did say that it could possibly improve with time as well.
We’re so grateful that things are not as bad as we originally thought. I believe that our prayers have made a difference, and it’s definitely not just a coincidence that there has been an improvement. Thanks, Lord!
As a result of this test, we can now wait a bit longer before making the decision about more surgery. Tyler’s hearing is not badly affected, so waiting is an appropriate course of action. Hopefully things will improve even more, and the grommets will not be necessary. While we wait, we’ll keep on praying and believing for a complete restoration of his hearing.
*Edited to add*
Tyler has had grommets put in before (at 18 months of age) so we’ve been through the whole surgery thing. I know it’s a very quick & simple operation, but we’d rather not subject him to it again unless we absolutely have to. He’s only 3 but has already had 2 operations under general anaesthesia, and I’m not in a hurry for him to have another one.