Yesterday I took Lucy to DuPont for a follow up hearing test. Last April I brought her there for her first hearing evaluation, at that time she was very delayed in her speech and not really making any sounds or attempts at communicating. Knowing then that we were going down the mito diagnosis road, and that one of the symptoms of mitochondrial disease is hearing loss, we thought it best to find out what if anything was going on with her hearing. Her first evaluation was almost normal with the exception of her right ear. She did not respond to the highest level frequency in her right ear, but overall it was concluded that she could hear well enough for normal communication and it should not be a reason for her speech delay. We were told to return in six months for a follow up.
Well nine months later, I am thrilled to report that our girly has NORMAL hearing! Yes, the audiologist actually used the word NORMAL when referring to Lucy. I was so happy to hear this that it brought tears to my eyes. Not that I was really expecting it to be abnormal, she has come a long way since April, but with mito you never know and that is what makes every test so nerve racking. Just when you are not expecting anything you get hit with something so far out of left field you don’t know what to do with it. The test went better than I ever thought it would, Lucy actually liked it and laughed at all the funny sounds and mechanical animals that they use in the sound booth to test these little ones. She amazes me!