A few months ago I became concerned about one of the
twins. In my opinion Tanner didn’t seem
to be hearing properly. Others kept
telling me not to worry, he would be fine, he probably had selective hearing
like most of the men in this house, but I knew something wasn’t right.
His identical twin Thatcher had begun to babble the typical
nonsense that babies do, but Tanner simply made grunting type noises and while
his brother said “dada” he continued to just smile his beautiful smile that
melts my heart. As much as I tried I
couldn’t get past the thought that something wasn’t right and I was
correct. After seeing our paediatrician and
having an initial hearing test it was confirmed that noise wasn’t being heard
at all in Tanners right ear.
I could have freaked, but actually I was somewhat calm, and relieved
to know that I wasn’t crazy or imagining things.
A few weeks ago Tanner had another hearing test and although
it was determined that he isn’t hearing from the right ear the results were
confusing and not entirely reliable, so he will be seeing another specialist in
a few weeks so we can hopefully get more of an understanding of what exactly is
going on, and if he is in fact fully deaf in the one ear.
A week ago Tanner said “Mama.” and I cried. Never had I thought my baby’s first word
would evoke such a reaction. I suppose
even after eight children there are still a few surprises left in store for me.
Have you ever had to deal with hearing loss in an infant or child? What reaction did you have?
Until next time,