…because Jake can hear it!
Yes friends, you read that right. My son can hear!
The journey has been arduous. The saga has felt unending. The obstacles have seemed insurmountable.
From the time Jake was a tiny babe of 5 months old, we knew that he had conductive hearing loss, due to fluid build-up in his ears. For the past four years, we have waited for those tiny ears to grow, so that tubes could be inserted to drain the fluid. We have struggled with hearing bands, hearing aids, more hearing tests than we could ever have imagined, failed surgeries, and so much more. Last month, we finally got tubes for Jake, the fluid was drained, and it was waiting time to see if it would actually work.
Last week we had a follow-up hearing test at the hospital. These hearing tests are sometimes hard for Jake, as they require a lot of attention, and to sit still and follow instructions for long periods of time. The last test we had was deemed inconclusive, since he had a hard time cooperating. This time, however, he rocked it! He had an audiologist administering the test, and another one in the sound-proof room with us, helping him focus and concentrate.
When the test was done, the audiologist came in from the booth, looked at me with a smile, and told me that he had done a fantastic job. She then showed me his results, and he was in the normal range across the board!! Not only that, but she officially told me that Jake no longer needs his hearing aids! I looked at her, turned to Jake, and gave him a great big bear hug, tears of joy streaming down my face. It was such an amazing moment, to see something come to fruition that we have hoped for and prayed for during these four long years.
We will consistently go for follow-up tests, to make sure that everything is on track in the hearing department, but Jake has been officially discharged from the hearing aids, and declared to be in the normal range for hearing.
So make a joyful noise! We sure are…!!