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mhtess
mhtess asks:
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My son has very little hearing in his left ear.  Do you have any suggestions on hearing aids and treatments?

On our son's 8 year old well check, they found that he cannot hear much from his left ear.  They did surgery today and found that he has obliteration of the round window of the cochlea of his left ear - sensorineural hearing loss that cannot be fixed with surgery and has to be fitted for a hearing aid.  We have no history of hearing disorders in our family.  We failed to pick up on the signs - loud t.v., loud voice, trouble with focus, etc.  and now know that it has been this way since birth.  We are looking for suggestions for hearing aids or other treatments that may address this problem and how to handle the disappointment and anger that he has.
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> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Feb 15, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Consult a pediatric ear specialist.  If one is not available to you through your pediatrician, consult a university medical center medical staff office.  Hearing aids today are very compact and will augment the hearing in opposite ear. He may also be a candidate for a cochlear implant which will be determined by the specialist.

Through their office, counseling may be available to help him better understand.  Remember that he has federal entitlements in school for hearing impairment and it would be important to visit and speak with his teacher.

Wayne A. Yankus, MD, FAAP
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Edu-Katherine
Edu-Katherine writes:
Hi mhtess,

I'm sure you will get some great expert advice here in the community, and perhaps one of our other members will have some advice as well.  I wanted to step in and let you know that my sister is deaf, having lost her hearing at age 3 due to influenza meningitis.  She went to a school for the deaf and later to Gaullaudet University where she got her masters and is now a Language Specialist.  My point is that while you may be in shock right now, it's important to realize that his hearing loss in one ear may be a hurdle, but it won't stop him from having an amazing life.

In any case, there are a couple of great articles here on education.com that you might be interested in:

Communication Options for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Options/

Cochlear Implants
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Cochlear_Implants_2/

All the best to you!

Edu-Katherine
Community Team
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