We just got back from a 2 hour long appointment with the audiologist to check Skyler's hearing. It was a test I didn't think we needed in the first place. His hearing was checked in the NICU and he passed, after we got him home we were told we had to go to an OT because he was premature. Fine, no problem. So we took him to the OT, his tone and everything was all well and good, well she tried calling his name a few times and he didn't look at her. So she went off and told the audiology department, hey this kid is blind and didn't pay attention to me. I tried to tell her hey my kid can hear just fine, he responds to us all the time at home. But I suppose in her 5 minute evaluation she learned more than I'll ever know about my own child's hearing right?
So the audiologist called and scheduled an appointment for him, and I asked her why it was necessary and she mentioned the OT and said that since he's blind we want to make sure his hearing is okay. Right and he was blind from birth and you tested him then and it was fine. So why would it have changed? Anyways we took him to that appointment today and it was TWO hours of uninterrupted hell. My head is pounding so bad. He was supposed to be asleep for the test, so it was close to his naptime. But they had to glue a bunch of sensors to his head and jam in some earphones. You really think my baby is going to sleep with all this shit on his head? Not bloody likely. So instead of a sleeping baby we got a screaming crying, so mad he can't breathe baby for TWO hours. They kept trying. Eventually they gave up without finishing his left ear and want us to come back for a different kind of appointment in October.
It was hell. He was screaming we were trying to comfort him, he was trying to get the sensors off his head, and the earplugs kept falling out and they kept having to jam them back in. He got so upset he started sweating and the electrodes started falling off. So they were holding them on and taping them back on. It was hell! And I know for a fact my baby doesn't have hearing loss. He can hear me just fine, even if I am whispering. Also Septo-Optic Dysplasia is not linked to hearing loss so I have no idea why they are insisting we test his hearing. Oh and get this she said if he passed they'd be willing to let us go for a year before the next appt. So even if my baby's hearing is fine we have to go back and do this all again in a year?? I don't get it.
Now we have one very very exhausted baby who is too wound up to sleep. And I just know this is messing up his sleep schedule, so sleeping tonight should be fun. Especially since I have training all day tomorrow and have to be up bright and early. Can't wait...