So we took Liam to pick up his new hearing aids on Monday. I posted on my facebook what a great job he was doing with them. We thought it would be a fight at first to get him to keep them in, but not at all. He actually comes up and tells us when they come out.
Well... the first comment I received on my facebook post was "What's wrong with Liam?" So lets clear that up right now. There is NOTHING wrong with Liam. He is a healthy active 3 year old *almost*.
Liam's hearing loss is a result of oxotoxicity, where platinum based drugs (cisplatin) damage the hair cells in the inner ear. Usually the loss levels out after about 2 years off chemo, but some studies show the lasting effects for up to 6 years. So there is a chance it could get worse.
As of right now it is a moderate to severe loss in the high frequencies. He can't hear the sounds of /s/,/f/,/th/ and /k/ unless you are close to him. This loss has not effected his speech or language at this time, he has actually tested above his age level in these areas. The hearing aids are more prevenative at this point, so his language is not effected in the future from loss.
The hearing loss is permenant. But again there is NOTHING wrong with Liam. We knew hearing loss was a side effect of one of the drugs before it was given to him. But he is alive because of it, and I will take the over the alternative any day!