Our youngest monkey is being referred to ENT for possible Grommets.....poor love. He has has been seen by the community team three times now to check his hearing and measure inside his ears and all three times he has been showing as having glue ear. This means that for him some things sound like they do when you put your fingers in your ears! There is fluid build up inside the ear which needs to be drained and tubes inserted to open the airways inside his ears to aid his hearing.
Little monkey was 4 days overdue and I had a quick delivery, which I was told can lead to build up of mucus in the ears. So when he had his newborn hearing test at the hospital at one day old he was referred to have another at two weeks old as he did not pass the test. I was a little upset but was told this was normal.
My mum came with me to the next test and to be honest I thought they were going to say he had no hearing. Why? because again he failed the usual test and had to have one with probes on his head. Eventually the lady passed him and said she may have had trouble as he was snuffly. I went home reassured but it had been emotional!
Months passed and I thought no more of it but when his speech seemed slow to develop I asked to see our lovely health visitor. She felt he was doing just fine but referred him to audiology to rule out any hearing problems! I never imagined they would say he had glue ear and maybe a slight hearing loss! I was told he would be likely to grow out of it and that it's very common in young children and was advised to see them again in 3 months.
We saw the team twice more and both times he still had the glue ear and both times there was no improvement in the hearing tests. In fact this last time they said his hearing was maybe even a little worse.
Now we wait for the ENT referral and see what they have to say. The grommets will need fitting under general anesthetic and will give him instant normal hearing I'm lead to believe. Therefore his speech should develop more quickly and hopefully when he starts Pre-School in September he will be just like all the other children.
I do hope he is fine having the operation as I have to say I'm a little nervous and of course being his Mummy quite upset for him, but he is a strong little monkey and no doubt will be up to his usual tricks before we have even bought him home.