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My Family’s Journey – Ashlee

My Family’s Journey – Ashlee


Hi, my name is Ashlee and we were first introduced to the Infant Hearing Program when my son, Adam, was born. Infant Hearing Program starts, um, actually everybody who has a newborn is first introduced with the Infant Hearing Program when they’re in the hospital, just before they’re released, with an infant hearing screening. So, if you remember, your child was tested for hearing in the hospital, that’s when the Infant Hearing Program begins. Adam was referred at the hospital, um, which means we had to wait about six weeks to hear from an Audiologist. Um, at our Audiologist appointment, it was roughly about 2 hour, um, hearing test, that he had to undertake at 6 weeks old. We then found out that Adam was diagnosed with a moderate to severe hearing loss. We were surprised. Um. A little bit of denial happened. There was a little bit of denial because we thought that he could hear. He was turning to the sound, to certain sounds, if his sister came into the room… things like that. Um….But later on, we found out that there’s different types of hearing loss, so he could hear some things, um, couldn’t hear others, so our main thing was to get on board as soon as we can and get him the help that he needed. We wanted to know that was best for Adam and our family. We wanted him to be included in our family conversation, uh, to be able to listen to our family gatherings, and listen, and become part of our discussions. So, when speaking with the Audiologist, she said the best choice for our family would be to use hearing aids. After our Audiologist appointment, we were contacted shortly after with a Social Worker who came to talk to us about more about what is involved with the Infant Hearing Program.


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