My oldest has ADHD, ODD, and speech and learning delays. He does SP/OT/PT and behavior therapy each week. His speech is progressing but not at the speed they expect. Also, he is behind in learning how to read. We've been working on phonics and noticed he couldn't hear all of the sounds as we said them to him. Our pediatrician and speech therapist both thought it was more on the auditory processing end but referred us to an audiologist first to verify he was hearing correctly. No one in the area will test for auditory processing until the child is 7 and mine is 6.
We had the appointment today and it turns out he has a hearing loss in the lower levels. This is where vowels are heard. We were told it is permanent and will require hearing aids. We meet with the ENT next week to try to find the cause.
I have a few questions after learning this news today. First, does anyone know of any organizations that help pay for hearing aids? They are trying hard to get insurance to cover it but said it is very difficult and they usually only cover one set.
Second, I would assume that as a child grows they will have to get new aids. How often does this normally happen? The cost scares me and I know I'm going to have to change my budget so I can constantly be saving for the next pair.
Finally, any tips for getting them to keep the aids in? My son has sensory issues and could hardly stand the headphones during the test. I'm worried it is going to be a long battle at first. His little brother just got glasses a few weeks ago and I'm constantly having to remind him to wear them. I envision my days being nothing but putting glasses and hearing aids on my kids.
I'm thankful we have some answers and I'm looking forward to seeing how this is going to help him. I will ask these questions to our ENT next week but thought I would start my research now by asking those in the trenches.