When I took Joshua in for his 18-month well-baby check last Fall, I had no idea the challenge we were beginning with our little man. Our pediatrician, who I respected and trusted, told me he was concerned that Josh wasn't speaking. I assured him that between his siblings and his mother, it was a miracle he ever got a word in edgewise. Sam was a little slow to talk also, so I wasn't overly worried. We decided to give it another 6 months and look at things again at his 2-year appointment. And things were not much better. He only said about 15 words and wasn't putting words together yet to form phrases. So about 6 weeks before we left Omaha, we went in to see an audiologist who gently informed us that although Josh had passed his newborn hearing screening, he was not passing them now. They assured me that a lot of it could be due to his allergies and the buildup of fluid in his ears, but with no real history of any infection...nobody was really sure what was going on. So they put him on an aggressive regiment of allergy medication and set a follow-up test about 2 weeks before we were to leave Omaha. Although his overall hearing test was a touch better, he failed the screenings again. So just a few days before the exodus from Omaha while staying in temporary housing, Josh got tubes to help with the fluid build-up in his ear. He has done very well.
BUT, with a pretty remarkable family history of deafness in my side of the family, we were a little scared. What if there was a bigger problem? What if he wasn't speaking because he couldn't hear and the tubes couldn't help?
But today, we had a follow-up appointment with an audiologist, redid all the screenings and he passed with flying colors. There is no permanent hearing loss and the tubes continue to keep his ears clear of fluid.
And his vocabulary is exploding.
We are so grateful.