Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hearing Screen

I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday weekend!

Thank you for your prayers yesterday.  Just a quick update about Phoebe's hearing.  She does have mild sensorineural hearing loss in her left ear.  They don't know exactly what the cause or problem is, but believe it is a problem in her inner ear or with her hearing nerve.  The good news is that it seems to be very mild.  She only has trouble hearing higher pitched or higher frequency sounds.  The higher frequency sounds she can hear, but only at a higher volume.  So a normal volume of talking would be 20 decibels.  She can hear all pitches at this level except the higher frequencies; these need to be 30 decibels for her to hear them out of her left ear.  The audiologist does not think it should cause any problems with speech development.  She wants to keep an eye on her hearing and test it again in another couple months to make sure it is not getting worse.  At that point she also talked about referring us to an ENT to see if he could determine the cause of hearing loss.

I am relieved to know what the problem is and that it is only a mild hearing loss and thankful that her hearing in her right ear is unaffected.

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