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    01-15-2009, 04:39 PM
Green Broke
Yep, I'm telling you skid loader, tractor, and probably who knows what else!

He ticks me off. But there isnt anything I can do about it now, except yell at him and fantasize about........... never mind. Lol
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    01-15-2009, 04:46 PM
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You can...nevermind.
    01-15-2009, 04:48 PM
It's sounds kinda silly, but I always used to fail the hearing tests they would give at schools. They'd always make me take them over again. It was very annoying because I have very good hearing, but I just didn't take the hearing tests as seriously as all the other kids. While everyone else hurried to slap the button to show that they heard something I guess I just took my time.
My boss had the same problem with her 7 year old, and it turned out to be nothing. He was probably another one of those with selective hearing.
    01-15-2009, 04:55 PM
When my BF was little he had many ear infections and even had to have tubes in his ears. He does have hearing loss and was told this at a very young age. He now has hearing aids but barely wears them....

Atleast I can say things under my breath and he never hears them :)

I hope everything works out for you Moxie. I would maybe invest in a pair of nice ear muffs for your little guy for when he is around the tractors and other loud equipment.
    01-15-2009, 04:59 PM
Green Broke
I called the ex and talked to him about the skid loader and tractors. He isn't around those elements around here, so the only place he'd have those issues are at my ex's house.

I too think it's more of selective hearing. I get him back tonight, we have a full weekend ahead of us, but I'll be 'testing' him myself to help put my mind at ease.
    01-15-2009, 05:01 PM
Originally Posted by Moxie    
I called the ex and talked to him about the skid loader and tractors. He isn't around those elements around here, so the only place he'd have those issues are at my ex's house.

I too think it's more of selective hearing. I get him back tonight, we have a full weekend ahead of us, but I'll be 'testing' him myself to help put my mind at ease.
I hope everything goes good for ya
    01-15-2009, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
Moxie, we're kind of in the same predicament. Our youngest who's six now had horrible ear infections from birth. She got tubes put in at a year and a half old which both came out earlier than the doctor wanted. In fact, she still has to wear an ear plug in one ear when she swims or showers because the hole from the tube never healed. Anyway, she failed her most recent school hearing test. She doesn't have a problem with infections anymore, but she does get colds and she has allergies both of which affect her hearing and I think she had a cold at the time of the test. The school is going to test her again in the spring and if she fails again we'll be taking further measures, but nothing at home raises any red flags for us nor does her teacher have any concerns.

The ear infections and tractors could very well have compromised his hearing so my only advice is to do whatever those instincts that we mothers have tell you to do.
    01-15-2009, 05:06 PM
Green Broke
LOL Thanks guys, you all have been a great help and much support!
    01-15-2009, 05:09 PM
Super Moderator
Oh.. not my intent! Support...bah... BAD MOMMY! IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! HMPH...

Kidding.... My office mate is half deaf if that helps you feel any better...
    01-15-2009, 05:26 PM
Hey Bobbie, I just wanted to offer my support. I'm sure if there's anything wrong, you've caught it early enough for it to be fixed in a jiffy - IF there is anything wrong, Seth is young enough that to him, it doesn't matter too much, he will be able to adapt VERY quickly - little kids are great like that.
What about with the TV, does he sit abnormally close, or have the TV turned way up?
You can try doing some tests yourself, like sneaking up behind him and whispering louder and louder until you get a response... but of course Seth could always just be playing the "ignore the mommy" game. You won't really know until you get some standardized tests done by a pediatrician, someone that knows how to test kids and make it so they understand... they'll probably have some blind tests so there's some sort of "control" to weed out inconsistent responses. Anyways, the people behind the tests know their stuff!!
I'm just blathering away. I'm sure Seth is fine and any bumps along the road that you might encounter will be dealt with easily!
Keep us updated, Bobbie, you know you're in my thoughts :)

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