My daughter has been evaluated for hearing loss twice from the public school she attends and twice from an audiologist. The public school believed there was a hearing problem but on the first test with the audiologist, they said her hearing was “within normal limits” though it was right on the line.
After a few months, I insisted the audiologist test her again because I truely felt there was a problem with my daughters hearing as well. This time after taking the sound proof room test, they said that she tested below the normal limit in one ear. So then they took this device that looks like an ear thermometer and said it will test for water in the ear. I think she scored a 60 or 70 (though I can’t be sure). The doctor stated that this test showed there was water in her right ear. (Her left ear he said was fine because it tested over 100). He said that even though it showed water in the ear, he didn’t think it was significant enough to cause a hearing problem. However, I kept asking about getting a hearing aid because it is very difficult and frustrating to constantly have my daughter saying “what” to every sentence, her very clear speech problem, and her difficulties at school with paying attention.
The doctor said he would be more comfortable with putting a tube in her right ear. When it came time for the surgery and the doctor opened up her ear, he stated he did not see any water or problems. He said he would put the tube in anyway just to see if it made a difference. So we have had the tube in for about a month and if anything, I feel her hearing is even worse.
We are going to have another visit with the doctor to check up on everything. I’m wondering if I should insist on a hearing aid regardless of what the doctor says. I’m sure they will put her in the sound proof booth again but I can’t rely on what the tests say because they got it wrong before. So what should I do? If I do insist on a hearing aid, do they have to give it to me? I am very limited with my choice of doctors because of my insurance so getting another opinion is not an option.
I would really like to get this issues resolved because we also feel she might be suffering from ADHD. She meets all of the criteria for it, but I also read a report that a hearing problem can mimic ADHD symptoms. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.