Our 16 month old has never said a word. She makes noises and says bah, but never any other word-type sound. The doctor ordered a hearing test. The person who did the test said that she did not respond to low frequency sounds. They also looked in her ear and saw that she had some fluid in her ears, but they said she did not have an ear infection. And she has never had an ear infection. This person who did the test mentioned ear tubes, which sounds scary, and then referred her to an ear/nose/throat specialist for further testing. We aren't able to see this specialist for 3 weeks, so I'm just worried about everything now. Has anyone else gone through something like this? I don't like the idea of surgery at all for my little one. If she hasn't had any ear infections, why does she have fluid on the ears? Is there some way to help drain that fluid without surgery? Is waiting 3 weeks going to delay her speech even more? When I look up ear tubes it seems like a very common surgery that many kids get, but I just don't want her to go through surgery, how can that be necessary? They also said that her not speaking might be related to not hearing because of the fluid, or it might not be related at all. So, maybe she hears fine even with fluid on her ears, but maybe she is just a little slower to speak. So, how can I make a decision for surgery on such things that could or could not be happening? I guess I'm freaking out because I have to wait 3 weeks and I don't know what is happening to my baby :(
By the way, she communicates well in other ways. She does sign language, she looks at us and understands when we say: go get your bear... and she goes and gets it, she knows where her socks are, and she hears/sees airplanes and birds and points at them, so it doesn't seem to me like she can't hear well.