I don’t know if you guys remember, but we’ve had some issues with Knox’s ears over the years. And his speech. And his body movement, but today we are focusing on the ears.
A brief history of Knoxs ears…
Last year just before he turned 4 we took him to the Audiologist. This was only because he’d been flagged for an ear test earlier in the year and we were only just getting to it. late as usual. When she tested, she couldn’t even see into his ears because of all the wax. Luckily her office bordered on the ENT’s office and so we popped in to have it removed.
He pulled out like 2.5 cm long wax worms out of his ears! It was both gross and impressive all wrapped up into one. He had not seen that much wax in a three year old childs ears before. Ever. We obviously thought that it was going to solve everything because how could that NOT have been the problem? We then went back to the Audiologist who did another test on his ears. This time said that his speech was still age appropriate but noticed that there was a tiny thing wrong with his right ear. Between the two of them they figured it was the current cold that he had and we should watch it and then come back if necessary.
Fast forward to now… Is there progress?
He’s been doing two terms of speech therapy and although he is trying really hard, he isn’t really making progress. He’s just not making the sounds that he should be. We’ve had to do some soul searching and for a number of factors, we’ve decided to keep him back a year. Which means that we also wanted to make sure we could cross this off the list as this has been flagged before. (The year back thing is really for another post which I’ll write in the next few weeks).
Then we started noticing that it was getting really bad. He’d cock his head towards us when we talked to him. So that his good, left ear was the one listening. Then I noticed the wax build up again and realised it was really time to take action.
So what now?
Initially I wanted to save money so I called the GP to see if they would do it. They said yes, no problem, but we need to put Waxsol in his ears for 3 days before. Which we did. But when we went there, she said that she wasn’t comfortable taking out the wax in case she accidentally perforated his eardrum. She didn’t charge us. Aside from being a bit pissed that I’d wasted my time, I was obvs going to the ENT and paying the money.
Time to bring out the big guns. A trip to the ENT
We went and took out the wax again to see where we were at. In a year he had built up another massively long ear worm. Which is quite crazy for his age, but nothing to worry about specifically. Knox was a champ, sat so still and only giggled because it tickled him a little.
However once it was out the Doc checked in his ears and noted that he has chronic otisis media with effusion. Cool, but like what the hell is that? It’s when the air pipe on the inside of his ear should be filled with air, but is actually filled with fluid. It’s actually physically stopping him from hearing the sounds that he struggles to make on the daily (th, p, s, t, etc)! He did another test with a metal prong (which has a name but I can’t remember what it is), and it just reaffirmed that he couldn’t hear any of the sound in front of his ears but only behind them. Basically a textbook case for the grommets to be put in.
We’re going for grommets on 18 December.
Another thing which he noted and actually got quite passionate about is that you should not be putting Waxsol or the like in little ears as it melts the wax and it goes down to the eardrum and latches on it. Making it even harder to hear and painful to remove. There’s the free advice so you don’t have to pay your ENT to tell you the same thing. (I’m obvs not an ENT so you should totally pay him if you want actual advice. Duh).
It’s been a bit of a shock but I know that this is actually going to help him more than anything else we could try and do naturally.
I must admit I’m feeling all the feels…
Although despite all this, I think the biggest thing is that I am quite sad that he won’t be “speaking Knox” anymore. I’ve grown quite used to his special language and I’m a little bummed that it’s going to be lost. Be prepared for lots of videos so that we can always look back on it 😉
Oh and there’s this!!