Tuesday, June 23

ENT/Hearing update

I had shared earlier this month we reached out to Mayo in MN to have Ainsley evaluated with one of their ENT docs and audiology.  I heard back from them last week and after seeing Ainsley's history and recent hearing results/ENT report they want her seen by one of their ENT specialists (otorhindaryngology).  We are scheduled for early September.  They couldn't guarantee surgery since it is dependent on what they find--if Ainsley's ear drum needs repaired or if she needs a 5th set of tubes in her left ear.

September can seem like an eternity when hearing/speech is involved....so Ryan and I talked a lot about what to do.  We realized that if we were in Iowa we would seek guidance from Ainsley's wonderful ENT and Audiologist there.  So then that got us talking about another plan.  We reached out to her former ENT in Iowa and got scheduled for late July with him, in addition to a hearing test and visit to the hearing aid center.  Her Iowa ENT offered to save a spot for her in the surgery schedule for the next day if needed.  We were SO thankful!

All of these pictures are from visits to the UIHC hearing aid clinic, ENT, etc.  We feel confident that we can rest in the fact that they will help us to get a plan for what's best moving forward for Ainsley's left ear and why it went from "normal" at birth to now being her worst ear.

We are meeting with a Waco ENT on Thursday afternoon to see how Ainsley's ruptured ear drum is healing.  We are praying that we have a good experience with him and that he can coordinate her ENT care here in TX.  We are also hoping he may have some recommendations for specialists in the state that we could connect with so we can save on plane tickets :).  We are hoping to be heard and that he will have some good advice for us.

If not, we know we have a great plan B & C! 

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