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    Default School Improvement after Grommets?

    DD had grommets inserted around her second birthday after we noticed her speech wasn't developing. As a part of getting her school ready, she did hearing tests last year and 'failed' them both (One in July and one in December). We decided at the time to utilise the public system to wait for an audiologist appointment (the tests are done by the nurses) as we had enough going on with my own illness, both emotionally and financially.

    Anyway, her first parent/teacher meeting didn't go well. She is doing quite poorly at class work. The teacher is convinced her hearing plays a major role so we have gotten a referral to see an ENT privately. Both the GP and I are fairly certain she has more grommets in her future.

    If your school aged child got grommets, did you see much improvement after the surgery? DD is not what you would call 'bright' and I wonder how much is hearing related and how much is her not being suited to the learning environment and/or her general intelligence. Moving school may be an option if she is still struggling at the end of the year but I'm just wondering if I'm jumping the gun a bit and others have found the grommets to provide big improvements?

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    Have you contacted Australia hearing? It's free and they are trained audiologists that you deal with. They are short waits to get in and tested.

    My daughter has forever had on going grommets, hearing issues. She has mild permanent hearing loss. Australia hearing funded her an fm system to help for class. It's been very good. We had the choice of that or a hearing aid but because her hearing wasn't too bad we chose the fm system. We pay $26 a year for maintenance and that's all. Everything else is funded by Aus hearing. We also have private health but haven't had to use it (except for surgery etc for her grommets but that's seperate).

    I would get onto it asap. The further it's left the more of a struggle she'll have in class and her self esteem will decrease and then you have loads of other issues to deal with.

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    Have you contacted Australia hearing? It's free and they are trained audiologists that you deal with. They are short waits to get in and tested.

    My daughter has forever had on going grommets, hearing issues. She has mild permanent hearing loss. Australia hearing funded her an fm system to help for class. It's been very good. We had the choice of that or a hearing aid but because her hearing wasn't too bad we chose the fm system. We pay $26 a year for maintenance and that's all. Everything else is funded by Aus hearing. We also have private health but haven't had to use it (except for surgery etc for her grommets but that's seperate).

    I would get onto it asap. The further it's left the more of a struggle she'll have in class and her self esteem will decrease and then you have loads of other issues to deal with.

    Grommets did help my dd. she had several lots. Now they are out and anymore won't assist her.

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    I dont need an audiologist really. The nurses have tested her hearing exactly the way an audiologist would it's just that they couldn't do a referral to an ENT so that's why we went to the GP instead to get him to refer us.

    We're getting it sorted as quickly as we can but in private our town has some waiting times and as she doesn't get infections she tends not to be prioritised.

    Thanks for the info on Australia hearing. I suspect this may be ongoing so I might take a look at them for the next time.

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    Default School Improvement after Grommets?

    @zelda I am an audiologist and in my experience, if she's failing hearing tests, it's very likely that is impacting on her ability to hear well in the classroom. grommets wouldn't instantly fix any delays (eg if she was behind in maths then, the day after grommets she won't suddenly have caught up). However, grommets will rectify any hearing loss that's being caused by middle ear fluid and therefore remove a major barrier to learning.

    ETA: just to clarify for anyone reading along, there is a difference between what a nurse audiometrist can do and what an audiologist can do. While basic hearing tests are the same, beyond that it's a whole different ballgame. Audiologists have a postgraduate degree, which trains them in all aspects of the diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss. Sorry but hearing people say we do the same is a bit of a bug bear of mine.
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    @BettyV thanks for that info

    And I should apologise for the comment as really I mispoke among the chaos of kids lol. I should clarify that she has already seen an audiologist when she first had problems and she got grommets then. GP is satisfied after reading the nurses report and his own examination that it's a repeat. I would never go from nurse to surgery without a specialist opinion if we hadn't already got one the first time around. I'm not 100% comfortable skipping the audiologist but even through the private system it's 6 months from noting a problem to surgery here and I just dont want to risk the time factor. But again, so sorry. I definitely didn't mean any disrespect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelda View Post
    @BettyV thanks for that info

    And I should apologise for the comment as really I mispoke among the chaos of kids lol. I should clarify that she has already seen an audiologist when she first had problems and she got grommets then. GP is satisfied after reading the nurses report and his own examination that it's a repeat. I would never go from nurse to surgery without a specialist opinion if we hadn't already got one the first time around. I'm not 100% comfortable skipping the audiologist but even through the private system it's 6 months from noting a problem to surgery here and I just dont want to risk the time factor. But again, so sorry. I definitely didn't mean any disrespect.
    No need to apologise. I just wanted to make sure others didn't get the wrong impression. It sounds like you've been very thorough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyV View Post
    No need to apologise. I just wanted to make sure others didn't get the wrong impression. It sounds like you've been very thorough.
    lol - as thorough as a mummy with google can get!

    But seriously, her parent/teacher interview went so badly. She's one term in and they're already saying that she's at risk of being held back. The very first thing her teacher asked was about her hearing Usually I'm happy to just wait for the system to do it's thing but I just feel I have to push this through. She would be devastated to not move ahead with her friends and I really want her to have the best start to school she can.

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    Perhaps hearing isn't the only area you need to consider. If her learning is that bad perhaps she has other issues also.

    I've had this with my eldest. It was an elimination process. I started with hearing and eye tests. All sorted. Still problems, went on to see a speech therapist (he spoke above average) but we did find some issues elsewhere, went to an occupational therapist and also a psychologist. After a series of tests etc we found he was high sensory, dyslexic and has reading comprehension disorder. From there we have been able to work through schooling difficulties (ongoing though). Before any of this he was failing class miserably.

    Keeping a child back won't necessarily fix the issue, is he crossing everything off the list before contemplating that or you'll run the risk of repeating yet obtaining similar results to what you already are.

    Just food for thought that's all. Good luck. Hard gig being a parent to a child that has underlying issues that's causing education difficulties.

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