Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I also have a video of Matt "reading" the Hungriest Caterpillar. His speech has come a tremendous way in the past two months!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- Bus Stops by Taro Gomi. A bus stops at various locations, including a beach, a baseball park, a building site, and a hospital. This one is great for language opoportunities, but is better for the 2+ set since it has rather abstract pictures. Matthew LOVES this one, but Nolan would rather chew on it than look at it.
- Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown. This one is great for both kids. Very short wording and great illustrations. A boy plants ten seeds and due to a sequence of events, only one seed remains to produce a flower... which produces 10 seeds! There are several animals and good plant based vocabulary that you can introduce (roots, seedlings, shoots). I can point-and-label with Nolan, and practice counting with Matthew.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (board book). Another great one for both kids. I should be ashamed that we don't own this one! Counting, days of the week, life cycle of the butterfly....this book is great!
I have to come up with three more books I want to check out for next week. I used to just browse and select books at random, but I've come home with some doozies. One day Matt was running amok and Nolan was crying, so I just grabbed three books that didn't have too much text and left. One was "A Fish In His Pocket" by Denys Cazet. About a bear who looks into a pond and drops his book into the pond on the way to school. When he gets to school he finds a dead fish in the book and carries it around in his pocket all day before giving it a fish funeral in a paper boat on the pond. Not exactly great material for a two year old! Let's just say I'll be consulting my Read Aloud Handbook before the next trip!
*Regarding Nolan's nose: the Rudolph look is because he fell on the playground by the library while chasing his brother. Proving that reading can, indeed, evolve into a contact sport!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
They called me right back and said the report was just faxed over and placed into Nolan's file today. The report indicates "no masses or lesions" in the inner auditory canal. Essentially, the MRI is normal. The ENT is going to review the images herself and with a team of other radiologists and ENT's on August 21, but I doubt they'll find anything that the initial radiologist didn't see.
Nolan's our little mystery (no cause whatsoever for his hearing loss), and it doesn't seem like anything else (syndromic) is involved.
Now we can get back to "real life" and just keep tabs on his hearing levels every so often. I'm glad to be done with the doctor appointments!
Monday, August 11, 2008
The anesthesiologist was kind and allowed me to be there while Nolan was put under. Nolan's only real fear right now is separation from mommy, so it was nice to comfort him while he was still awake. An hour later they retrieved me from the waiting room and I was allowed to nurse him and calm him down (he was already awake and letting the nurse know about his displeasure)! He was certainly a tiny boy with all those EKG leads, the pulse-ox, and the IV line all tied to him.
They let us leave very shortly after the procedure, since Nolan was alert and keeping fluids down. He's doing really well now, though seems a little "drunk" when crawling around on the floor! He's a little too tipsy for walking at the moment.
I have no idea when I'll get the results. I don't expect any news, since his CT scan was clear. I do have an appointment with the ENT on September 3, but hopefully we'll have the results before then. I'm not very good at waiting when I know the doctors have the results in their hands!
Friday, August 8, 2008
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!