Jace celebrated his two week birthday having his hearing re-tested. Right ear passed, left didn't. The audiologist knelt down by my chair and very tenderly and sympathetically said, "Try not to worry yet. Only 1-2% of babies are born with hearing loss. Dont worry until you know your child is one of them." Excuse me, how do I NOT worry?
So now my pediatrician gets a report and refers me to another place that will do more extensive testing and treatment if necessary.
I am relieved that his right ear passed, at least. I know that's good news. Still, it's hard not to worry that he'll get teased in elementary school, that he wont be able to hear his soccer coach yelling from the sidelines, and that his wife will always have to talk into his good ear. I know it could be worse, but I'm his mommy... and so I worry anyway.