What to expect when taking a 2 year old to a hearing evaluation.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello Ladies,

I am just wondering what to expect when I take my son to a hearing evaluation. He is a little behind in his vocabulary so to be safe I have made an appointment to see an ENT.

Apparently they can asses a child as young as 6 months. I am just wondering what is the standard procedure and what I should expect going into the appointment.

Any stories or advice is appreciated.

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Angela - posted on 01/08/2011

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I had my son evaluated at 10 months. He wasn't responding to us when we were talking and he had three double ear infections in two months. We sat in a soundproof room and they played differing sounds from speakers all around the room. When he looked in the direction the sound was coming from, a little electronic toy lit up. Unfortunatly, he flunked his test and had to had tubes put in to relieve the pressure. Everything was fine for over a year, but when the tubes fell out, his hearing started to diminish again. He is now 2 and has had his second set of tubes for a little over a month. and his speech is returning to normal. I wish you the best of luck with your little one. ♥

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All I can tell you is what they did w/ my son. He sat on my lap and she put little earphones in his ears. I think the first kind was just measuring something and he had to sit very still and be quiet. During the second test he had to put a little toy dinosaur in a plastic cup everytime he heard a sound. In total it probably took about 10 minutes for us.

Christy - posted on 01/06/2011

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My son was evaluated at 2 for hearing, too. They put him in a sound proof room and you can sit with him, just be SILENT. They have speakers in each corner and he is supposed to go to the speaker where he hears the sounds. My son wasn't very cooperative so it was difficult. His hearing ended up being good. They tried the earphones with sound prior to that and he freaked out, he didn't like the earphones on his ears.



Even if your son doesn't go to the speaker he hears noise from, if he at least looks at it they count that as well (at least in my son's exam). It took us about 45 minutes because my son had issues following directions. LOL.



BTW he was enrolled with ECI ( early childhood intervention) here in Texas. His speech was progressing too slowly. All the services were free. He is now enrolled in a PreK (free) program through the local school district 3 hours a day and he has made AMAZING progress.

JuLeah - posted on 01/06/2011

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My baby had many such exams. They put headphones on the kid and talk them through the exam - raise you hand when you hear .... tell me when you hear .... They ill be kid centered and work well with your son, I am sure. My daughter loved the exams

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Schyla - posted on 01/06/2011

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with my daughter (at 2) they tested the pressure in her ears and then put her in a sound proof room where they tested to see if she responded to different levels of noise she had compacted earwax that ended up needing to be surgically removed and was retested after a year her hearing is fine now but her speech is still about 6months behind where she should be. If his ears turn out to be fine I'd see about speech therapy they started my little one at 2 and she's learned so much.

JuLeah - posted on 01/06/2011

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They have many ways to reach kids ... remember, they evaluate kids as young as six months. 6 month olds don't raise their hands. They are ready for him. It was about 20 minutes for my daughter, it will be shorter if need be. I'd not worry if I were you. Be happy that you are jumping on this as fast as your are. Some kids, who can't hear at all, are not discovered until 1st or 2nd grade.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2011

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JuLeah:
My son doesn't really follow those kind of instructions which is why I wanted him evaluated. Do you know of any other test they administer? How long did the appointment take?

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