Last week I updated you guys on the outcome of Little Red’s January hearing test. You can read about it here. (To read more of LR’s health journey click here). Last week I took her for her repeat hearing test. It was actually the same person, A, conducting it and she knew exactly why we were back. Our ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat specialist) had written explaining his concerns about the potential for reverse slope hearing loss.
A was extremely thorough this time around. Not that she wasn’t the first time, but I could tell she was determined to try and do as much as she could while we were there. She managed to complete additional testing which LR sat really well for – my little champion!
ON THE SPOT RESULT
A, somewhat cheerfully informed me that Baby Bear’s hearing test appeared normal. She advised that they’d even tried to trick her and did repeat sounds. In her opinion the outcome is that she doesn’t even need repeat testing. She did tell me that our ENT wanted to keep an eye on fluid and see how LR goes over the winter so grommets could still be a possibility.
A and her assistant seemed really happy about the outcome, explaining the next step would have been hearing aids. I, on the other hand, felt like I could hardly raise a smile. I can’t say I felt relief or joy, just an overall numbness.
I later told my folks how it’s all been such an emotional roller-coaster. What some would consider a “normal reaction” to the “good” news just doesn’t seem to apply to us now. We’ve been burnt too many times by believing everything will be alright because, if you’ve been following for a while, it has often turned out to be worse.
WHAT WILL THE ENT SAY?
We’ve gotten used to not taking immediate results at face value. This might sound pessimistic to some, but it’s often been the case that the specialist says something completely different. Until we hear that everything looks okay from the specialist, I’m just not thinking about it. I’m DEFINITELY not getting my hopes up that this hearing test was the last or that we’re out of the woods with this particular issue.
So yeah, take what you will from all of that. Despite the fact I didn’t jump for joy at the results, I’m doing okay. That evening, while the kids played, Hubby and I both agreed on how draining we’re already finding this year. I think it’s going to be another big one. But we’ll keep doing what we do best, and that’s powering on. Talking. Ticking the boxes. Working hard and feeling eternally grateful for all of our children and happy home life.