(x-posted to Life with a baby)
What a long day. Owen got referred at the hospital from his newborn hearing screening and so we had to drive into Boston today for the long and involved hearing test. Not a fun drive right through rush hour traffic. I give this boy credit though, he did great.
I laughed when I got the letter describing the testing. Your baby has to be asleep for it, so they recommend keeping your baby awake until right before the testing is scheduled to start, and then nursing them to sleep. Anyone want to tell me how to get a 9 day old to agree to this? Really though, I was surprised, he cooperated and slept great.
Sadly though, Owen has moderate hearing loss in both ears, of the permenant type. He can hear, but will miss most things quieter than conversation between two people who are close together. We're going to be seeing a specialist to get him fitted for hearing aids as soon as possible, and to start working with early intervention to get my DH and I up and running with sign language to supplement spoken English from as early an age as possible. The state has aprogram for parents where they send a sign language tutor to your house to teach both parents and child. Fortunately, Massachusetts has some fantastic resources available for free for us to take advantage of. We're very lucky with that.
Does it make any sense that I'm more stressed about telling the family than I am about dealing with this? Maybe it's just the SpEd teacher in me. I know he'll be fine, but the family is going to be stressed, especially since this is the first grandbaby on either side.
Owen's hearing was a complete surprise. No hearing issues at all in my family. After a good (?) night's sleep though, I'm continuing to feel positive. I'll make appointments for him today for the specialist to get him fitted for hearing aids, as well as a pediatrician with a specialty in hearing issues. And to think, yesterday morning my big concern was hoping he'd gained back up to his birth weight. We're going to wait until we've had those appointments before telling the family though, just so we have more info to reassure them with.
Anyone have any similar story they're willing to share? Or just some good advice? Thanks for listening.