Hear that is. Ever since we met Nadia we had concerns about her hearing. She wouldn't respond to us calling her, would rarely, if ever, blink or respond in any way to loud noises, and just overall wouldn't make eye contact with us when we were talking to her. She also likes to put her hands on our necks to feel the vibration when we're talking. All seemingly classic symptoms of hearing loss.
Her first audiological/ENT exam showed that she had no movement at all in her ear drums and that she was a great candidate for tubes. They also tested her hearing in the sound booth but the results were inconclusive because she was very inconsistent in her responses.
So, she had her tube surgery about 3 weeks ago and all went well with that. We've noticed improvements in her responses to us and she'll react once in awhile when our dog barks or other loud noises "startle" her. We've always wondered if some of her lack of response/reacting is just the language issue since she's only heard English for 2 months as opposed to Russian for over 2yrs. We also realize that spending 2yrs. in an orphanage might lend itself to some learned "tuning out" behavior.
We still get a lot of this "look" where she turns her head and purses her lips as if she's really concentrating on trying to hear us, so I wasn't completely surprised at her follow-up hearing test today when the audiologist said that she still couldn't say for sure whether Nadia is hearing in the normal ranges.
She is definitely hearing and her ear drums responded during the tympanogram test! However, to what degree and how consistently is still a question mark. We will repeat the hearing test in 3 months and if the results are inconclusive again, then we may need to do an ABR (the hearing test done on infants). Because of her age she'll need to be put under anesthesia for this test so I'm praying for conclusive results either way in 3 months so we can skip the ABR.
Overall, we're pleased with whatever degree of hearing she has because I was convinced in the beginning that the princess was deaf! :) Either way, she's still our princess and she's already learned the signs for "more", "please" and "all done". This smart cookie will have no trouble communicating with us...which is definitely the up side of this potential "down".