The ABR showed hearing loss in both ears, with the left being a bit worse than the right. In the low frequencies (which is environmental noise) he has mild hearing loss, in the middle frequencies (speech) he has moderate hearing loss, and in the high frequencies (distinguishing one word from another) he has severe hearing loss. The Audiologist said that the frequency where he has the most loss is the place people distinguish between words, for instance between "cap" and "cat." So from what I understand, he will be able to hear talking but may not necessarily be able to make out the words being said. (I hope I am saying this right, I'm not an Audiologist and my knowledge in this is nill). Also, they think this hearing loss is progressive/
So, what do we do now? He is going to see an ENT next week and we will repeat the ABR is a few weeks to see if the findings are consistent then we will move forward with getting hearing aids. Great. He will have hearing aids, glasses, and I'm sure as he gets older a walker... my little old man. But, he will be the cutest, most smiley little old man ever. I will get him some suspenders and pull his pants up high and he will fit right in at the Senior's Center :).
|Dominic with his Daddy... the best Daddy ever made!|