Part of the requirements to big school for K is a visual and auditory test. When we took P 3 years ago, there was no problem at all. For K, I waited till the very last minute to submit the requirements, thus that hearing and auditory test was done last minute too.
P and I took K to the clinic recommended by the school. To my shock and dismay, the tester said that K’s left ear had “mild hearing loss”. Determined not to look too shocked, I calmly called S and informed him and began calling friends who would have advise for me.
A friend of mine from highschool has twins who has mild hearing loss. She would know all about ears, I was pretty sure, so she was the one I called. She recommended me to two doctors, but suggested I go to one first because this doctor, Dr Charlotte Chiong (wonderful lady, but I swear, waiting in her clinic takes an eternity!), has instruments to clean ears.
She also said something—that maybe Kevin had difficulty hearing only because he had lots of wax. (Again which is why she recommended me to Dr Chiong.)
S took K the first time as I was sick, and I took him a week after. He was such a brave boy, S said. He went up to the chair, where she saw him. And she had this camera which showed him what was inside his ear. And he knew it was really icky such that he was still while she was cleaning his ear, but towards the end, when she used a blower (according to S), that was when he had it and started yelling (and crying), “I don’t like na!”
I took him for a check up the following week. Here are the pictures:
Here is Dr Chiong and she is holding that blaster to remove the tiny bit of wax left. We saw the inside of his ear again. She said it looked a lot better than the first time!
Follow up–we took him to a hearing test a week after and the results were good. Man, I didn’t realize earwax buildup could be so bad!!!