Buffie - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
I've noticed that most everyone has gotten aids or CI for their children. Is their any mothers that chose not to do so? My son is 5. He failed his hearing test when he was born, and two more times the test was inconclusive because he was moving around too much. When he was a year old I took him to an audiology clinic and according to the lady who did the test, he passed with flying colors. So, when he was 3 and still not saying words, only screaming and humming and making noise, I resolved to have another hearing test done. 3 pediatricians later, I finally got one to take me seriously and refer me to an audiologist. Turns out he has profound bilateral hearing loss. They were unable to determine a cause. He was given hearing aids and we began to discuss a cochlear implant. My son REFUSES!! to wear his hearing aids. This has been nearly 2 years ago now, he still refuses hearing aids and I decided not to get an implant for him. We have spent the last 2 years learning signs. I want him to go to school, but the nearest school for the deaf if 2 hours away and the public school system uses a total communication approach and requires hearing aids or an implant. His hearing aids help very little anyways, the audiologist says that it most likely sounds like muffled vowel sounds, but no consonants or environmental sounds. I'm really at a loss. Sometimes I think that maybe its not too late for a cochlear implant, but I don't know. Is there any other mothers traveling this road?