When Mary was 6 years old, she had surgery to repair a hole in her right eardrum. This however, has not seemed to be a problem over the years. Until now of course. Mary's school happens to be home to the Orange County Audiology Dept? So, in Sept. they tested Mary's hearing. She failed. We went to the Dr., he didn't see anything wrong, gave her ear drops just in case. October, retested, failed. Now I'm getting angry, because until she can pass the hearing test, her IEP is being delayed. The school psychologist won't even talk to her until she passes. We cannot apply for the McKay Scholarship without an updated IEP. I'm running out of time, the deadline is February. I was insistent that she was not passing the tests because of her inability to answer the questions correctly. Today, I went with Mary to the Audiology Dept, where they measured her hearing with a device, as well as having her answer questions regarding what she can hear. Not only is there an indication that she could have another, or the same, hole in her right ear, but there seems to be some partial hearing loss in her left ear as well. Okaaaaay!
I learned a lot about how our hearing works today. Apparently, Mary seems to be losing high frequency sounds. While she may be able to hear part of a word, she might be missing the ending or beginning sound. Naturally, this would affect her ability to learn in a classroom setting, and would of course, require a whole different set of accommodations. Lovely. Once again, we begin another journey. A journey into the world of tests and more tests. Of phone calls, and appointments. In the meantime, I have to look forward to trying to either make sure it can all be taken care of before February, so I can apply for that stupid scholarship, or I have to make countless phone calls to try to get around the cutoff date. What kills me is this, if I would have checked off the little box that said "no", to agreeing to have Mary's hearing tested in the beginning of the year, I would already have an IEP. Of course I can't regret saying "yes", because if there is something wrong with her hearing, it would have only gotten worse if left untreated. Once again, Mary's angels are looking out for her. Now if only they could make a few phone calls!