Yesterday William had an audiology appointment so that we could find out if the fluid he has in his ears is effecting his hearing. What we found out is that they are completely full of fluid, but his hearing is in the normal range. They weren't able to tell how clearly he is hearing things, only that he is hearing. I am glad to know that he is hearing, but the quality of what he is hearing is the concern now, like if you are underwater, you can hear that there is noise, but you don't hear it clearly.
The problem is, she said, we may not know the effects of this until he is 5 or 6 and is having problems with pronunciation and then requires speech therapy. But if we get the tubes then his ears will be clear and he will be hearing as he should.
She said we should see an ENT next and then she wants to see him back and test it again after there is no fluid, either post tubes or if we can somehow get it cleared out with antibiotics or whatever.
We have tried nasal sprays, we have tried rounds of antibiotics, the only thing we have not tried are shots of rosephin (sp?).
They said it will take 2 weeks to get the written report to our pediatrician, which about falls in line with William's 18 month check anyway, so I will talk to him then and see where we go from here and then schedule with the ENT. I know tube surgery is super common and an "easy" procedure, but anything that puts my little guy under makes me so nervous.
Have any of your little ones had tubes? What advise do you have? Has anyone been in a situation like this and been able to avoid tubes and had a good result?
Thanks for reading my ramble if you made it this far!