Okay, since I had an unexpected homebirth this was a detial I hadn't considered beforehand. In order to do the hearing screen I have to take my tiny little baby into the hospital. I just don't like the idea of taking him into a potential germ fest when he is totally responding to sounds. My mom thinks its a waste of time and energy particulalry because it requires occupying my 3 year old and Porter seems to hear fine.
What have any of you other ladies done? Did your midwife do the screen? Are you skipping it?
We skipped it last time. I asked my doctor (at the time) about it, and he said it was probably just fine to skip it if Gideon seemed to be responding to sound (voices, sudden loud noises, etc.).
I wouldn't worry too much. I know that a lot of times they have trouble getting a decent result out of that test anyway. New babies aren't always calm enough for it.
With my husband's hearing loss and lack of early intervention that he feels still profoundly affects him as an adult, I opted to screen my kids after a home birth. Most audiologists do not screen newborns, but my midwifery practice found one for me. We will do this probably a week or two after the birth, though.
We saw an ENT with ds1. We might skip it this time.
Norah has a referral to a children's hospital half an hour away in December because she failed the hearing test twice in one ear at the hospital. We're strongly debating whether to go or not - the audiologist said she absolutely has hearing in that ear, and that there are brain stem responses, it's just not as strong as her other ear. They are 99% sure that it's because of her positioning in my uterus, because she was sideways, one ear is swollen inside and full of fluid. As it goes down, she'll be fine.
I just can't decide about the testing. It's an hour and a half of tests to put my little one through, a long drive, she HAS to be asleep during the tests, meaning we will have to keep her awake for parts of the day which isn't my thing at all... yeah. It's in December, so I have some time to decide, but I don't know. She responds to sounds just fine.