My dd failed the newborn hearing test and also further tests done by a consultant specialised in audiology. I was devastated (like you) and convinced she was deaf. 5 years down the line, my dd appears to have normal hearing. It actually all improved vastly when she got ear tubes (she was 2 years old). This was done because she did not speak at all. She is susceptible to ear infections, which is annoying, and I simply assume that she had water in her ears since birth. But she is not deaf at all.
Sorry you are going through this, I have no experience of hearing problems in a newborn as my son's problems were caused by glue ear complications as a toddler. Do you have any idea when appointment might be?
I thought you might find it reassuring to hear from someone who had those same issues in childhood. I have profound high frequency hearing loss. Yes, it makes life challenging but I've been able to get two degrees from one of the UK's top universities. I now work in a senior management role for the Big 4, earning a very good salary. I'm married with 3 children and have a great circle of friends. If your son does have hearing loss, please trust me when I say it's not the end of the world. With the right support he will be absolutely fine, he'll learn how to make the most of the hearing he does have and he'll drive you mad by pretending not to hear you so he doesn't have to do his chores/homework/turn off the tv
Happy to chat any time if you'd find it helpful. I know you're worried about your son - he's very lucky to have a mum like you looking out for him.
Another one seeking to reassure. DS1 was born hearing (we think), began to loose at 2 and got hearing aids, mainstream primary did well but lost More Hearing, in first year at secondary lost most f remaining hearing and got cochlear implants. Tomorrow he will sit his last gcse, he is hoping to get high grades and go on to study foreign languages at a level. Won't deny hospital appointments can be trying and he has had a number of surgeries over the years but his hearing has never stopped him doing anything he wants to do. For support I can recommend the NDCS and depending on where the future takes you CICS (both national charities with local branches and excellent helplines.
Hello I'm a teacher of the deaf and work with lots of children and families who have been in a similar situation. You should get allocated a teacher of the deaf who will come and see you but I'm really happy to chat if you want to pm. It's quite possible at this stage that your baby will still have some hearing and be able to use hearing aids. It's quite rare to have profound hearing loss and need implants but if it does come to that they are truly amazing.
Hi OP. My DD failed all the newborn hearing tests and was diagnosed with moderate bilateral hearing impairment. She wears hearing aids for school but doesn't bother at home. She has some speech and language difficulties but never been proven whether these are related to her hearing or cognitive impairment. Don't worry - get to see a consultant audiologist and take it from there. Hearing aids are pretty good nowadays. DD also gets support from a specialist teacher from the LEA for the hearing impaired but copes fine in mainstream school.
Hearing aids these days are amazing. I mentioned above that I have profound hearing loss but I don't have an implant, I have aids. Whereabouts in the country are you? Which hospital will your son be assessed at?