Living With Conditions An Unexpected Surprise
The newborn hearing screening made a significant impact on my son’s life. My husband and I were not prepared to hear that our first-born child did not pass his hearing screening. This was very surprising to us since neither of us had a family history of hearing loss. With this information, we began our hearing journey of repeat tests and meeting with specialists. When our son was 12 weeks old a BAER test confirmed that he was born with bilateral profound hearing loss. A confirmed diagnosis started a whole new set of events and appointments where we began early intervention and exploring our options. With an early diagnosis of hearing loss, he was fitted with hearing aids by four months. After confirming no benefit from the hearing aids, we then moved on to the path towards cochlear implants which allowed him to be implanted at 15 months old. Our son is very successful with his cochlear implants. He developed strong listening and spoken language skills.
Without the newborn hearing screening, our son’s access to sound could have been significantly delayed because we would have been unaware of his hearing loss. We are very thankful that the screening provided us the information we needed to seek early intervention for our son to support his development of communication and language.
By Amanda Schneider