Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Testing Kid's Hearing

How are your kids doing in school? Have they had any tests? Are they getting good scores? If not, it could be related to their hearing. Some research shows one in every 100 children have a hearing problem. This full story from CNN is below:


Experts say when a child suffers from hearing problems, it can affect him or her academically and socially.

Before five-year-old Morgan Joseph heads off to kindergarten she has an important test to pass: a hearing test. She failed an initial exam at her pediatrician's office and was referred to audiologist Laura Castel. Castel said, "We will look at -- not only look at the ear itself, but we'll look at different components like the middle ear or the inner ear and how the child is responding to speech and different tones."

Castel recommends school-age children have their hearing checked at least once a year. In the school-age population, we're now starting to find two out of every 100 children have hearing loss. That could be an increase with the popularity of our personal stereo systems. Castel says loud noises, especially from mp3 players, can damage a child's hearing. Castel said, "If you can hear the music while they're wearing the headphones, that volume is too high."

It turns out that Morgan's hearing is fine --just what her mother was hoping to hear. She said,"And so I started panicking, thinking that there was something wrong. Instead, Morgan got an A on her first big test."

I can't remember the last time my children had their hearing test. I know it isn't every year. I will be asking about hearing tests the next time they are at the doctor. How about you? Do your kids get their hearing tested on an annual basis?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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8 comments:

Maria said...

Well, my son is 1 and has had 1 hearing test. LOL! Seriously though, there is a non-profit group in our city that goes around to daycares and preschools doing developmental testing (Denver, hearing, etc), and they said our son's hearing is excellent, and beyond the hearing test, they could tell due to his advanced and clear speach(maybe they said that the language backed up the test? I forget their exact verbage). As much as I fretted over getting tubes for my son (due to non-stop fluid and infections), I really think it was the right thing to do now.

newsanchormom.com said...

You did get the tubes? What about the tonsillectomoy/anoidectomy?

Maria said...

Yeah-- he got tubes last November-- right before Thanksgiving. We did not get the tonsils out due to his age (and they weren't enlarged), but the adenoids did get taken out in July. He hears well, and now he can breath again, which has increased his activity even more AND improved his sleep immensely!

Maria said...

Oh, AND his nose has stopped its constant running! That is worth a party in itself!

newsanchormom.com said...

I am so glad it worked! My son doesn't snore anymore, but he still waking up at night. However, he did sleep the last two nights with no tears! I am hoping that continues. We just moved, so I expected him to regress.

Maria said...

Usually we're down to one waking around 5, but he nurses and sleeps two more hours. Every once in a while, he doesn't seem to settle down as much and will wake between 10-12 (one time) as well. I've also moved back to his bed, which has made it a lot more tolerable for everyone. Sometimes all he needs is to reach out and touch me to settle himself back down. I look at it as him learning to comfort himself, as he needs less and less reinforcement. Some day he will be ready for his own bed/room alone. Until then, I get to have fun snuggles... and be told "mama ni-ni" on occasion. LOL!

Jeff and Anne McNutt said...

I knew our little one had a hearing loss as an infant because she was not babbling and did not appear to be responding to sounds normally. I could not get anyone to take me seriously becasue she had passed her newborn hearing screen. But my mommy instinct said something was wrong. I took her myself to the audiologist at 6 months and sure enough she had a moderate hearing loss in both ears due to fluid. We had tubes placed a few weeks later and within 3 or 4 months she was starting to say words. I am very thankful that I stuck with my gut instinct and did what I thought was right despite the oppositin that I felt from our pediatrician.

newsanchormom.com said...

I always go with my mommy instinct. If it means I went to an unnecessary doctor's appointment or spent money on a specialist when I didn't need to, oh well! I figure I can always make payments, but I can't go back and get my child diagnosed sooner. Most illnesses that are caught early have a better chance of recovery.

 
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