When my husband, Scott, and I made the decision to have children, we knew there was a strong possibility our children would have hearing loss once reaching adulthood. A hereditary hearing loss is prevalent in Scott’s paternal family. Scott, his twin sister, father, and grandmother are all hearing impaired.
When our twin boys, Joseph and Campbell, were born at 24 weeks gestation, we quickly learned that preemies can have hearing loss. Campbell passed away after 23 days of life and never had a hearing screening. Joseph failed both of his newborn hearing screenings. We were told not to be too concerned as many preemies often fail their hearing screenings at first but pass once they are older. We took this to be true and crossed this off the list of things to be worried about. [Continue reading]