2 year waiting list? EDITED TO ADD UPDATE #2 UPDATE #3
Well, I made an appointment with a private clinic. However, before we made it to that appointment I received a call from the audiologist at the local hospital. They had had a cancellation and they could get Charlotte in if I could make it the same day. Of course I said yes. So we went in and it was clear, even to me, that there were some issues with her hearing during the test. The audiologist told me that she definitely shows signs of hearing loss. However, she also had fluid on her right ear and increased pressure on her left. Charlotte had bronchitis the week before so it's possible that the fluid is related to that. Or it could be a chronic or recurring condition that might require tubes. And the fluid may or may not be related to her hearing loss. So we go back in three months time. If the fluid is still there, they will refer her to an ENT specialist and most likely she will require tubes (which should clear up any problems with her hearing and balance). If it isn't, but there is still hearing loss we need to look at other options. And of course, if there is no fluid and no hearing loss than we are in the clear. So frustrating!
I contacted the private clinic to cancel my appointment, however I asked if their speech therapist would be able to see her and they said yes. So once I have answers regarding her hearing I will be starting with private speech therapy (unless I get a call from the public therapist sooner).
I did some research on my own and discovered that, despite what I was initially told by the staff at the hearing clinic, I can in fact have Charlotte's hearing tested at a private clinic, provided I (a) have additional insurance that will cover the cost or (b) am willing to pay for the test out of pocket. Well that is a no-brainer. I have contacted a local clinic and am waiting to hear back from them.
EDITED TO ADD
I guess I should have pointed out that I am in Manitoba, Canada. Universal health care means that your choices in who you see are limited. I can try to get a referral to a different facility in another region, but chances are they will refuse me because I don't live in that particular region, and even if they take me on, their waiting list is probably just as long. To my knowledge, there are no private facilities for pediatric audiologists and regular audiologists (who have virtually no waiting list) do not test children.
While there are a lot of benefits to universal health care, long waiting lists are one drawback.
I really need to vent about this because it makes me so freakin' angry!
At my daughters 6 month checkup, our doctor referred her for a hearing test as well as physiotherapy. I received a letter shortly after that saying that she had been placed on the waiting list for a hearing test. She started physiotherapy within 3 months.
Then at her 1 year checkup he referred her for occupational therapy and speech therapy. He also sent in a repeat referral for a hearing test, as other than the confirmation letter I had heard nothing. She started occupational therapy within about 3 months.
She is now 16 months. I have tried on a number of occasions to get in touch with the audiologist who got her referral, leaving messages that have gone unreturned. I finally got in touch with their office today and I was told that the wait list for a hearing test is 2 years. She is only now booking appointments for referrals received in May 2012. 2 years for a bloody hearing test? Does anyone else think that is kind of extreme?
I am also waiting for her to start speech therapy. I left a message with the speech therapist but now I'm kind of worried about what their waiting list will be like.