March 18, 2011

Conductive Hearing Loss

So Owen has gone to the audiologist three times since the end of January and has repeatedly failed each hearing test. The good new is that they think it is only conductive hearing loss, caused by fluid in the ear and/or ear wax, and not something more serious.
Owen had a cold for the first test along with an unknown ear infection for the second one. We just went this past week for another follow-up and got better results but still not where we want them. He responded to all the speech that was played for him but when it came to sounds that make up speech his response was reduced. Looking in his ear the doc said that there was a lot of wax, only a slit of an opening to hear through, and was not able to tell if he had an ear infection. He did say that the results of the test suggest fluid is present, just as before.
So we will be seeing an E.N.T. doctor on the 6th to discuss any options for Owen. I'm really hoping that something good will come of this appointment, whether it be tubes or something else.
Has anybody else had a situation similar? I know it is very common for kids with Ds to retain more fluid in their ears.