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6 year old having hearing problems? Or maybe a weird kid phase?

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM
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My youngest son has been tested by an ENT before, it was 3 years ago and they said he did fine. At the time I believe it was partly because it seemed he couldn't hear us and also because he is so incredibly loud it hurts so his Dr thought maybe there was a problem with his hearing.
At his 5 year well check, they did the normal hearing test and it was fine. But for quite a while now (months) he often asks "what did he say?" A lot of times someone will say one thing about the weather for instance, and he'll say "where are you going?" The strangest thing though is that it seems like he has tiny people in his ears translating the wrong words lol. Some examples:
Me- we're going to the store
Him- mustard?
Me- she likes her treats.
Him- what drink?
That's all I can think of at the moment, but hopefully you get the point. It is like a bad comedy from the 70s. I really don't think he's kidding, though. It's driving us all a little nutty having to constantly repeat ourselves. He has actually asked for hearing aids a few times. The only thing is that if we talk quietly he still hears us, he just can't always understand what we say.
He has his 6 year well check in 4 weeks and he can't go back to the ENT without a new referral so I'm probably just going to wait to talk to his Dr.
Has anyone else experienced this and had it turn out fine? Or maybe it was outgrown? I have googled and googled but haven't found much.
by on Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM
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littlepinkrose
by Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:57 PM
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My nephew does this I think it is not so much hearing as attention.  I think my nephew just has a really short attention and does not quite listen all the way and then just comes up with what he assumes we said.  His hearing has been tested now he did get tubes in his ears at 4 due to chronic ear infections but other than that no hearing issues.  He is now 8 and he still says this. Even when watching t.v. and something funny is said we all laugh and he looks up and goes "what?".  To me it seems like his brain is working faster than the sound and the message gets scrambled but I could be wrong.

cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM
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This sounds like a comprehension or attention problem and not a hearing problem. If his hearing has been tested and he can hear you then that's probably not the problem. Talk to the doctor about a possible consult with an audiologist or speech therapist. With a speech therapist they will sit down and talk to him which is what it soulnds like needs to be done. Most hearing test are kids just listening to a sound, bit them showing they heard and understood what was said.

mysticalmalissa
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 6:31 AM
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My youngest has done that, I find it more of an attention thing.

You whisper, candy bar, in the next room and he hears just fine.

skrbelly
by Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:06 AM
Hahaha, I don't know a parent who DIDN'T think their kid was deaf. Not to say that sometimes kids arent really deaf. This sounds like he has a lot going on in his head and is distracted by his internal dialogue. He half hears or mishears and bases his response on what he thought he heard.
143myboys9496
by Suzzanne on Aug. 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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My dh is 48 and still says "what did you say?" I've been repeating myself for 23 years. But he can hear me unzip my wallet from 2 rooms away. 

It might be a stage. You could try a different specialist, maybe at a Children's hospital if there's one near you, or an ENT hospital. 

Have you asked him, what he's hearing? My yds snored practically from the time he was born until we he had a T&A done. Also I noticed he wouldn't run around with his friends as much, but I could tell he wanted to. So I asked him when he was 4 why he stops running around with his friends. He said it was 'cuz I can't breave" (lol). After his surgery, he was 5, I asked him if he noticed a difference, he didn't miss a beat and said 'yes'. See if you can talk to him about it. It might be more attention than hearing.

KylersMommy416
by New Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM
What you are all saying is pretty much what I had decided after his last hearing test lol. We figured he was just busy thinking all the time and didn't notice us talking until we were finished.
I guess I just thought he would grow out of it by now. However, he does have asthma and a laryngeal cleft and horrible eyesight so it really wouldn't surprise me if his ears were busted too. Maybe that's why I'm worried? Lol.
Thanks for the advice! It does make me feel better.
paganbaby
by Chesty La Rue on Aug. 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This.

Quoting cjsmom1:

This sounds like a comprehension or attention problem and not a hearing problem. If his hearing has been tested and he can hear you then that's probably not the problem. Talk to the doctor about a possible consult with an audiologist or speech therapist. With a speech therapist they will sit down and talk to him which is what it soulnds like needs to be done. Most hearing test are kids just listening to a sound, bit them showing they heard and understood what was said.




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hayliedlr
by JoAnna on Aug. 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

selective hearing?  I have been known to have that lol

thatgirl70
by Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 5:26 AM
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Have him tested by an audiologist. It could very well be that he hears fine, but that he has hearing comprehension problems. There is a test for that. Now, I do have hearing loss, completely in my left ear, partially in my right. They did do the test with me (they say a word, you repeat the word back to them, of course it's said directly into your ear via microphone and earpiece) and I misunderstood several of the words (I guess not surprising considering I can't hear well, but since they were speaking directly into my ear...kwim?).

PinkButterfly66
by on Aug. 24, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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He just might need his ears cleaned out.  Excess wax can affect hearing.

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