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Friday, August 8, 2008
My Brain No Longer Functions!
The good news? I actually got the correct date for our latest appointment. The bad news? I had the type of appointment wrong, so I made my wonderful husband take some time off work. I thought Nolan had a booth test scheduled for the 7th, but it turns out it was just an earmold impression appointment. Oh, well- we went out for dinner and toured the Galleria mall in Buffalo, so it wasn't a total waste!
Nolan's hearing test is on the 28th of August, the same day we'll pick up his earmolds. Our audiologist chuckled and told me they don't like to do impressions and hearing tests on the same day with toddlers, since they are often annoyed by the impression taking process.
We did have a brief scare when the audiologist thought she couldn't locate one of Nolan's PE tubes. He just had them placed in March, so they should stay put for a little while longer! We did finally locate it- what a relief! She also answered my question about the airshow. She said she'd probably leave his aids in and turn them off. She wasn't very concrete about it, though- his Unitrons have great noise suppression technology so his hearing should be protected by that, even when his aids are on. He does have very, very tiny vents (you can barely see them) due to his rising-slope loss (to keep the low frequencies from leaking back out). His loss isn't very "reverse slope" any more, though- it has been flattening out since his diagnosis. Our audi made a point of telling me to allow extra time after his hearing test for adjusting his aids. Hopefully we won't need to, but his loss has changed since his original diagnosis. I really hope he's stabilized, though.
He has lost his "B's" again. We have retained "M," "D," and "N." I'm not sure if this is a hearing thing, or if he's following in Matthew's get-it-and-lose-it speech development pattern. I do think we have our first spoken word: "DA!" That's "ball," but since we don't have b's, it comes out as "da!"
Now we're just gearing up for his MRI on Monday. I get to call and pre-register today. My friend has volunteered to watch Matthew, so at least we'll only have one cranky kid at the hospital. I think this is the last diagnostic test to cross off our list (other than ophthamology), and thank goodness for that!