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Has anyone's child failed the school hearing screening??

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SilverdaleGlen Sat 23-Sep-17 00:59:20

Did they end up having an actual problem when retested?

And if so what happens then?

Just opened a letter saying DD2 failed, can't call them until Monday now and freaking out. She already failed the visions screening. Feel like a shit mum not noticing sad

QueenofLouisiana Sat 23-Sep-17 04:31:54

Sometimes it's as simple as they had a cold that day and were blocked up, sometimes try just didn't feel like complying (I'm assuming it's the EYFS screening, so still 4).

Children who do have a problem almost always simply have glue ear. It's followed up by the hospital who may decide grommets are needed. Grommets are a quick day op, children going home a few hours later.

SilverdaleGlen Sat 23-Sep-17 07:38:58

Ok thank you!

QueenOfMyDomain Sat 23-Sep-17 07:40:17

Yes, he had a follow up at hospital where he also failed but they could see it was glue ear.
Tested again at hospital a while later and he was fine.

CigarsofthePharoahs Sat 23-Sep-17 07:41:12

My son failed the first one. Probably due to not paying attention.
He passed a repeat test a few weeks later.

MrGrumpy01 Sat 23-Sep-17 07:43:13

Yes mine did. But all was fine at the actual test though there was a little wax build up. Her vision isn't great though which wasn't picked up until I took her to the opticians.

You're not a shit mum for not noticing. It either isn't actually an issue or the child has compensated well.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Sat 23-Sep-17 07:43:37

Yes our eldest did. We got sent to the local hearing clinic who retested and he had glue ear. Have been back every 3 mths to monitor over a 9 mth period and it has gradually cleared up. Otherwise he'd be having grommets fitted now. Very very common, especially as they test in sept when everyone has back to school colds etc. Not a bad parent not to notice, chn have selective hearing at the best of times and slight hearing problems are very difficult to notice

MrGrumpy01 Sat 23-Sep-17 07:44:37

The hospital said the school nurses always err on the side of caution as well.

Princecharlesfirstwife Sat 23-Sep-17 07:47:06

Dd2 did. We'd always put her down to being obstinate and having selective hearing so we were a tiny bit ashamed to find out she had a real issue. Anyway, turned out to be glue ear, and she eventually had grommets one of which is still stuck in her ear 4 years later and causing constant infections but that's a different story
Child also wears glasses but only after she'd pestered us for months about having dodgy eyesight and we ignored because we just thought she thought a trip to the opticians would be a fun trip out.

cheminotte Sat 23-Sep-17 07:50:30

Yes, wouldn't comply. Had two further tests before he would comply enough for them to know there was no problem.

Scamp48 Sat 23-Sep-17 07:55:51

Yes, last year my DS failed on both ears. I was really shocked as had never even had reason to think that there may be a problem. He took it again, and passed on both ears. He's the type of boy to wonder what happens if you say you can't hear, but realised he really should behave on the second test as it was getting a bit serious😬

ToDUK Sat 23-Sep-17 08:02:21

I'm a teacher of the deaf and have seen lots of children fail this test. If you've not joined anything it probably is glue ear. This fluctuates so there will have been times when your dd had good hearing and times when it dropped so don't blame yourself for not noticing.
She will be called for a hospital hearing test which is more accurate and is done in proper clinical conditions. If she passes this I would still keep an eye on her because it can happen that the first test is at a low point then a hospital test happens when her hearing is up again.
If she fails there's a high chance it will just be glue ear so she will probably be offered grommets. This is a tiny operation done in day surgery which makes a massive difference.
If it turns out to be something more she will probably be offered hearing aids. The loss can't be too significant though if she has decent speech and you haven't noticed so hopefully all will be fine.

TractorTedTed Sat 23-Sep-17 08:05:42

Yes, mine failed in one ear and turned out to have a permanent hearing loss in that ear. Has excellent speech so I had never realised!

I did feel bad for not recognising it sooner, but he just seemed to have adapted really well so it wasn't really obvious.

SilverdaleGlen Sat 23-Sep-17 08:18:29

Thank you all, I feel a little calmer now.

Although I keep whispering "biscuits" near her this morning and I think she thinks I am going nuts!

noodleaddict Sat 23-Sep-17 08:19:02

I failed mine (a v long time ago but still..) but when I went for the hospital test I passed with flying colours! My parents thought the school had just been too noisy. Must have got on the radar because I had regularish tests again through secondary school, never had a problem though. Good luck for your son.

noodleaddict Sat 23-Sep-17 08:19:55

Sorry, good luck for your DAUGHTER! blush

Witchend Sat 23-Sep-17 08:20:34

Ds failed, but we expected that as he had known glue ear.

Sparklingbrook Sat 23-Sep-17 08:23:22

When DS1 started school he failed the hearing test every term for a year. He got sent to the Hospital for a hearing test where he his hearing was deemed absolutely fine.


Whereismumhiding2 Sat 23-Sep-17 08:24:10

DS1 and DD2 both failed school hearing tests, i'd noticed with DS1 and we'd been to hearing dept already. He had grommets operation. Didnt notice for DD2 even though i was hyper aware.... If their language development is fine, no problems noticed in school and they are good at compensating then you won't notice. DD2's cleared up without intervention, just monitoring over 18 months at hearing clinic.
Dont worry over the weekend, besides you or hearing but won't know anymore until DD 2 has her hearing tested in audiology under clinical conditions, as PP said there are many reasons it could be nothing or minor issue.

DragonMamma Sat 23-Sep-17 08:35:23

My ds failed the hearing test and was referred - he has wax build up in the one ear and hearing loss as a result. We are month 8 (!) of drops and if they send us away again I'm going to lose my rag as it is affecting his speech.

StepAwayFromCake Sat 23-Sep-17 08:38:32

One of mine failed and the GP refused to refer them on until I broke down in tears and virtually grovelled. My dc had urinary continence problems as well, yet the doctor thought it a good idea to wait-and-see with yet another issue that might cause them difficulties socially and academically.

Dc's ears turned out to be severely blocked with earwax - they removed a solid, black plug about 2cm long from each ear. This helped a lot with their hearing. Turned out that dc was borderline glue ear. As their hearing had improved a lot by clearing out the earwax, we decided that wait-and-see with 3-month checkups was reasonable.

Meanwhile the penny began to drop for me (thanks to Mumsnet!). Asthma, eczema, reflux, glue ear...we went strictly dairy-free

StepAwayFromCake Sat 23-Sep-17 08:39:22

And within 2y it had all cleared up.

OurMiracle1106 Sat 23-Sep-17 08:42:48

I remember failing this as a kid. Mum was given an appointment and I went. Nothing was wrong with my hearing just that I could hear outside noises so was pushing the button when no noise was played, or when I could hear the headphones cracklings

StepAwayFromCake Sat 23-Sep-17 08:43:55

Dragon we had a couple of months of trying different ear drops until the wax was sufficiently loosened, then the ear specialist vacuumed dc's ears to extract the blockage. It was too compacted to come out in its own.

Have they not tried vacuuming your dc's ears?

cricketballs Sat 23-Sep-17 08:51:10

DS1 failed it and was dx with glue ear, 2 lots of normal grommets and finally a permanent set inserted.

As you OP I felt very guilty but it was explained to me that as the loss is gradual both DS and us just subconsciously got used to it

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