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- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
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- 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
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Nolan's Panic Attack
This induced much panic on my part, wondering what in the world could be wrong with the boy. I tried to pry his little wet body off mine, but he held fast. I tried to soothe him, to no avail. Finally, I managed to make out the words he was screaming.
"Ear is BROKEN!"
This set my heart beating a little faster, unable to process what he was saying. I wrapped him in a towel and tried to calm him, but he couldn't hear me. He just latched his arms around my neck and wailed, inconsolable for about 15 minutes.
Then it struck me. He was lying in the water, with his head half submerged. He had water in his ears! This happens to many children, but for Nolan, it eliminates all of his residual hearing. He had gone (temporarily) completely deaf. I picked him up, tilted his head to the side, and tried to gently tap with the towel to clear the water.
In a few minutes, he was right as rain. The water left his ears and he had his residual hearing back. He could hear me shouting to him that everything was OK, that it was just some water in his ears.
At least he was able to communicate what was scaring him, and we were able to (eventually) comfort him. I have a feeling he'll be less inclined to dip his head underwater in the near future, though!