DS1 has had 2 hearing tests in the last 6 months. The 1st one was a noise was made and a box to the side of him lit up a toy. He responded well to it in the beginning but because they wouldn't give him the toy to play with like he asked he ignored it after a while!
The 2nd test was a noise was made and he had to put a small toy teddy in a box. To begin with his wouldn't comply at all but I managed to trick him into sitting in the chair (I said I would sit there and he said I couldn't as I would break it - true but ouch!). He then used my hand to knock the teddy out of the lady's hand and when he was fully comfortable he did it directly himself.
The staff were really understanding, let him choose which teddy for the lady to hold and were very positive and full of praise when he responded.
we had one last monday, ds1 is 2.11 and has asd. first the put the things in his ears like they do for newborn test and they also test for glue ear. then we went in another tiny room where the was a folder of really boring black and white pictures the doctor had a headscarf and glasses the room was boiling hot. so ds1 promptly kicked off. he just screamed until i said its time to go which he heard perfectly well!!! he does point at pictures when asked though so i expected him to do that part and not the things in ears. they did say though his responses to the things in ears was perfect and that was the more important bit and asked me if i had any concerns over his hearing which is no if anything he has super sensitive hearing. i did have something for him to fiddle with for the hearing test and he just clung on to me holding it
Mine jsut completely blanked the whole thing for years. Would jsut sit and stare into space, pointedly ignoring whatever stimulus they were playing, and so everyone was convinced he had hearing issues!
Do you think she has any hearing issues? If not, I'd jsut keep explaining that and eventually they get the message. I think ds finally co-operated with one at the age of 5/6 and proved he had perfect hearing all along.
I was going to ask about the hearing test myself as DS has failed his first recently and has to go back next month. I'm glad to read others had the bizzare light up toy boxes. DS was expected to turn towards the noise but he is only 10 months and is far more interested in people and faces than toys so I knew he'd rather interact with the women sat in the middle pulling faces and showing him toys, couldn't give a toss about the creepy dancing monkey. They've noted mild hearing loss but I haven't noticed any problems myself
Well, they managed to ascertain that her hearing is fine. So she is just ignoring us, as we suspected.
I don't think they could have read the referral letter though, they kept saying "oh she is ignoring us, oh we are not getting through to her, oh she is just staring into space" and making a big deal of it, which made me a bit
She enjoyed the test though, although she kept wanting to grab the toys.
at the creepy dancing monkey. It is really innit? They're all like something off a horror movie (I used to have a thing about them drumming duracell bunnies as a kid so maybe a bit of that)
agree peanut that they can get you to this test when its totally innappropriate. They started them on dd at 6 months. A child with no developmental issues should respond to the tests between 6 -9 months so was ridiculouswasteoftime optimistic to say the least
But hey - am grateful audiology kept such a close eye on us cos like I said aids are helping my dd loads. Dunno why they don't just give these bone conductor aids (which bypass the ear function and amplify sound through the bone) for families to try at home for a few days on kids they can see have glue ear and do not co operate with tests
Glad all went well Fanjo . Yes 10 months is young and so is 11 so don't know why they're bothering yet really. DS has down's and so I guess it's about ticking boxes in recognised problem areas regardless of the test being (IMO although I'm new to all this) too advanced for his age and development. Pixie, I have a thing about toy monkeys ever since the spooky one in Stephen King's Skeleton crew that bashed it's cymbals and gnashed it's teeth <shudder>