Thursday, January 17, 2008

Do You Hear What I Hear?

When it rains, it pours. And it seems like it's always raining at our house.

I took an elated Eli in to see an ear specialist today. (he was elated because he got to miss a half day of school) Eli was first seen by an audiologist so he could have a hearing test. I knew pretty much right away that he had bombed the test when the audiologist kept shaking her head with a concerned look on her face. Unfortunately, it was confirmed that his hearing has gone from so-so passable, to downright bad. (in other words, from mild to severe loss) He also had what is called a 'Type C' tympanogram, meaning he has negative pressure in his ears causing his eardrums to retract. You know how your ears feel when you go up in altitude...they feel like they need to pop? Well, Eli's ears are 'stuck' that way.

A CT scan was ordered to 'sort out' possible reasons for his continued hearing loss, (tumor of the inner ear , you know, non-scary things like that! ) and his fifth ear surgery is in the works to be scheduled as well. Being the worry wart that I am, I now have a stomachache :(

Maybe with all of the digging around to be done in Eli's head, a reason will be found for his less than stellar behavior as of late....wishful thinking, no?

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