Tympanometry and OAE’s

by Michele

Some days keeping track of all of the different appointments and tests these girls need seems like a full time job.  This morning alone I scheduled two sets of pre-op appointments, one with the craniofacial doctor who is going to do the girls surgery and one with their pediatrician to do their physicals.  I have yet to make contact with a pediatric dentist to start talking about the work needed on their teeth.

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I did however met with the local audiology department in Mankato this past week. Jenna initially failed her hearing tests so she had to go back in to get her hearing retested.  The first part of the test looked at the function of the middle ear.  I am just starting to understand all of the different hearing tests but she had some type of tympanometry done.  She failed again.  The doctors are speculating that Jenna actually has very small middle ear anatomy which could be why she continually fails this test or she may actually have some permanent hearing loss.  On a side note Quinn’s right ear actually failed last month too but she managed to pass everything else so the doctors were not concerned.  This makes me think that Jenna’s problem is actually small middle ear anatomy.  Hopefully it will not affect their hearing but we will have to wait until they are a bit older to figure this out.

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Jenna also had an otoacoustic emission (OAE) test done.  Last month she failed this test at all 6 frequencies.  This time she passed all of them.  The doctor is speculating that her tubes might have been plugged last month and the antibiotic drops cleared it all up.  So we are done with hearing tests at least for 6 months until we have to recheck to make sure their tubes are still working.  When the girls are older and able to communicate better with us, the doctors will do some more testing to see if there is any real hearing loss or if it is just small ears.


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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