Today we had our appointment with the audiologist. I was very nervous, especially since while we were in the NICU, a little boy in our quad had hearing loss. I read somewhere that it is common to have hearing loss in preemies (not sure how true it is). Anyway, I knew you could hear, but didn't know if there was any hearing loss.
The audiologist was very nice. He told us exactly what he was doing at all times and what he expected. In our case, he said that they usually didn't test babies until they were around 7 months, and you were only 4 months adjusted. He said that he was going to do a test like they did in the NICU, and then he said if you were cooperative, he would do another test that they usually didn't do until at least 1 year of age.
For the first test, everything went well. He said that there was one high pitched noise that didn't register in your right ear, but he said he wasn't worried about that. He said that could be because of a variety of things. He said that since you were doing so well, he wanted to take us into another room to try the second test. He told us not to be worried if things didn't go well for this test, since you normally wouldn't be having this test at this age.
For the second test, he said that we would go into a room that had puppets that lit up and danced, and he would go into another room and he would talk to us through speakers. You sat on daddy's lap, and the audiologist played certain sounds and lit up the puppets in the direction of the sounds to see if you would look. You didn't turn for the majority of them. He said that was to be expected. He said you were still too young to do that, and assured us that you were just fine. He said that if we were still worried at 7 months corrected to make an appointment.
I am so glad that everything turned out okay. I remember when I was worried a few weeks ago, I would let you fall asleep and then shake a rattle to see if you could hear. Sure enough, you would startle! That probably wasn't so nice, but I needed reassurance that you could hear since you wouldn't turn towards noises! The PT said that you were just bored with sounds and the audiologist agreed. He said that its like us - if a door keeps opening and closing, we don't continue to look every time the door opens and closes. We get used to a sound and stop responding to it. I guess that makes sense!
We love you so much and are so happy that you will be able to hear just fine. Hopefully in the coming weeks you will start to turn towards noises. I am sure everything will be fine! Tomorrow we have your neurosurgeon appointment. I am excited to see your neurosurgeon!