Haircuts and Hearing…

09 Feb

Just a quick update tonight, and some very funny pictures!

Those of you who have been following our story for a while will know that Jake wears a hearing device, as he currently has what is called “conductive hearing loss” due to fluid build-up in his ears.  The easy solution: put tubes in and drain the fluid, thus enabling Jake to hear.  The reality: his ears are too small for tubes.  So, we wear the hearing device to help him with language acquisition, until his ears are big enough for tubes (for the more detailed version, look here…).

We had a follow-up last week with the audiologist, who basically told us that his ears have grown (hooray!), but that they are still too small (boo!) for tubes.  So, we wait.  And we continue to struggle to keep the hearing device on.

When we first received the headband (for a more detailed version of what the hearing device is, check out this post…) Jake was so little, that it did not seem like such a big deal if he didn’t wear it all the time.  There were more important things on this momma’s plate, like mastering gross motor skills such as crawling, sitting, and walking.  But now, as we approach Jake’s 2nd birthday, I sense the urgency to provide the best hearing experience possible, so that he can comprehend, and learn to express himself through language.  It feels like this process has dragged on far too long, and I’m getting tired of waiting.

On another note, my children both got haircuts yesterday.  It was Cole’s first haircut ever!  So, I thought I’d post some cute pics!

The “Before” Pictures:



The “After” Pictures:



The “this-is-what-it-always-degenerates-into” Pictures:




Happy Weekend:)


Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Haircuts and Hearing…

  1. Jenny

    February 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I didn’t realize a kids ears could be to small for tubes! Hopefully soon they will grow big enough so you won’t have to fuss over the hearing device he has to use, I can just imagine how hard that would be to have a kid keep on!
    The haircuts are so cute, makes them both look so grown up. Had to laugh at that first picture of Jake throttling his brother! Too cute 🙂

  2. Merissa

    February 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    oh my goodness 🙂 I am grinning from ear-to-ear.

  3. Anna

    February 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    What cute photos and great hair cuts! Stella has fluid in her ears and has another audiology appointment at the end of this month! I haven’t been told her ear tubs are too small, but I guess we shall see!

  4. Melissa

    March 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    karyn, i love this blog you are writing. Thanks for the window into being a mother to a sweet little boy with down syndrome. The pictures are fantastic. I just tried cutting our son’s hair for the first time the other night, like, beyond a trim… either I need to get much better fast, or next time we’re paying for it! blessings to your family.


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