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    Default Should I cancel hearing / audiologist appointment

    DS is 6 and has been referred by the school nurse to have his hearing tested. One of the tests in his left ear was not within normal limits.
    I've noticed this weekend that he has a blocked /runny nose. He doesn't seem sick though, just waking up stuffed up (he also suffers from hay fever, but this seems different).
    Could this impact hearing test and if so, should I cancel?
    I can't call to ask because my appointment is at 8.45am at Royal children hospital in Melb and that department is closed today. They don't open until 8.15am Monday.
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    My DD had to be retested when I brought her with the end of a cold. So on that, I would say maybe reschedule. Is the appointment tomorrow?

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    I'd still take him. I assume you have waited ages for the appointment and i would be worried about another extensive wait if you cancel. Just mention your concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixie Dust View Post
    I'd still take him. I assume you have waited ages for the appointment and i would be worried about another extensive wait if you cancel. Just mention your concerns.

    Yes that's true, I have waited awhile. But I'm wondering if I should just book in with a private clinic for the following week?

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    Ring them and ask. I took DS1for a private audiology appt at the tail end of a cold and he was fine but they did say if he was still congested they would reschedule because it can impact the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    Yes that's true, I have waited awhile. But I'm wondering if I should just book in with a private clinic for the following week?
    Depending on where you live you could have a big wait privately too. We had a wait of at least a month.

    It's so hard as you only have 30 minutes from the time they open until your appointment. You don't want them to say still come in and then scramble madly to get there in time.

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    DD always had to be re-tested in approx 6 weeks after having a cold/being congested. That being said, I would probably go ahead with it. If the results are fine then they won't need to re-test. If they aren't great then you will probably go back at a later date.

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    My DS had regular hearing test and we always have to rebook if he has a cold or runny nose. It really interferes with the results.

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    I'm an audiologist and my advice would be to go. Yes there's a chance the results will be impacted but the audiologist will likely do a range of tests, which allows them to differentiate the potential impact of the cold from more permanent hearing issues. The worst that could happen is they'll want to retest in a few weeks.

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    How did it go OP?

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