Jace had another hearing test today. He failed two tests when he was first born. Then a few weeks later he passed in the right ear but still failed in the left ear. So today's test was much more specialized and administered by a doctor instead of a tech. He still didn't pass. They say that he hears at 40 decibels but normal is 20 decibels. So he can hear a normal talking voice but not sounds quieter than that. There is some indication that he may have fluid in his ear canal and that might be muffling the sound.
Soooooo..... we are off to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor to talk about getting tubes put in his ears. Cohen had 115,000 ear infections in his first two years and has tubes now so it totally makes sense that Jace would need them. I just didn't think he'd need them at 3 months old! His hearing will be retested after the tubes and if he still isn't hearing completely, he'll be fitted for hearing aides. Who knew a person who cant even sit up would need hearing aides!? They say that the first year of life is the most important as far as language development. So if Jace cant hear well, he wont learn to speak correctly and may develop a speech impairment. Apparently, it's best to catch hearing loss as early as possible so that the child can learn to talk and then maybe not need the hearing aide anymore.
It really is fine, as far as bad news goes. There are so many tragically worse things that could go wrong with a baby. This is treatable and minor in the grand scheme of things.
Jace is so sweet and smiley now that he's sleeping more. I bet he's thinking the same about me.