Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Audiology Appointment

Harper had an audiology appointment Friday afternoon. She had to have another hearing test, and we had planned on buying the hearing aids and FM system. The hearing tests take place in a soundproof booth with her sitting in a high chair and an audiologist sitting in front of her. This time I sat in there with them. There is another audiologist sitting behind a semi-one way window to conduct the test. They place microphones in Harper's ears and try to get her to turn toward the sound. She is then "rewarded" by a moving pig or moving duck. In true Harper style after three or four turns, she was bored with the rewards and wouldn't turn to look anymore. The few results that they did get were consistent with her past test, so that means that her hearing hasn't gotten worse. Yay!
However, the audiologist did not want to order the hearing aids or FM system at the appointment. Because of Harper's diagnosis of enlarged vestibular aqueducts, they would like her to use the loaner aids for six more months in case her hearing drops further. If that happens, she may need a different type of aid or only one aid in her better ear.
We also discussed with her our concerns about Harper's balance issues. She said that compared to some children with EVA Harper's case isn't nearly as severe. She said that some children have to wear a helmet because their balance is so poor. Any bump on the head for children with EVA can cause a drastic drop in hearing. We are so thankful that Harper is doing so well!

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