All About You- Episode 12 [your voices and an interview with my sister]
Ever since I launched the podcast about two months ago I really wanted to get your voices and your experiences involved with the show. So today, I have some voice recordings that were sent to me by listeners,
and a special interview with my sister.
Before I jump into those recordings, I do want to let you know that if you haven’t downloaded the hearing aid checklist yet, head on over to the website allaboutaudiology.com or find me on instagram @allaboutaudiologypodcast to get your hands on the checklist. It’s a one page pdf printable that has on it a morning routine checklist and an evening routine checklist for caring for your child’s hearing aids. (Click).
We’re going to jump right in to hear two responses that were sent in as voice memos. You can do that through the contact page at allaboutaudiology.com or dm me on instagram or facebook to send your voice memo responses and they might be included in a future episode.
“Hey Dr. Saperstein,
This is Riki from Florida.
I recently had my fourth child and this was the first time that I got to experience the newborn hearing screening in the hospital. It was very easy, very quick, and painless. The baby didn’t feel a thing. The only problem that we ran into was that the babies around in the nursery were all crying. So the machine was reading incorrect results. But, I was very happy to see that the nurse knew what she was doing, waited for them to calm down and tried again. I’m happy to see that the hospitals are doing what they’re supposed to do and doing a really great job at it. “
“Hi, my name is Peri and I’m from Israel. My son was born at 36 weeks and was considered a late term premie. His first hearing test, he failed. His second hearing test at the hospital, he failed. And then they took him for a special test the last day we were in the hospital and he did pass. It was very reassuring being able to have those tests done given that I’m hearing impaired. So it was nice to know that at least he did have hearing at the end. And if he didn’t at least we knew what direction to head in.”
“Hi, This is Bat-Chen. I am Dr. Lilach’s sister.”
LS: My big sister, let’s not forget.
B: I am the big sister. I’m also the coolest one.
LS: Wait wait wait. Ok, so in case you get confused by our voices-
B: Which is so expected, because everybody says we sound alike-
LS: -then you just have to listen to the gravitas in my voice [laugh] and then you’ll know it’s me. [both laugh] Ok, so Bat-Chen, you have a number of children and you had most of them in hospitals- not all of them though- so tell us about your experience, as a mother, with the newborn hearing screening.
B: Ok, so my first baby I had in America, in LIJ. I don’t remember her being screened. I think it’s because they took her to the nursery and I think that I just wasn’t really aware of it. I believe they told me that she passed. My first memory of actually being screened was with my fourth baby. The audiologist student, or whoever she was, she came around and screened the babies. And I remember when she screened her, my sister- YOU- were already studying audiology, so I was way more educated and I knew that this was going to happen and I was excited about it happening. And then I remember that she checked each ear twice, because she wanted to make sure that her machine was working. So ya, I remember in my fourth one, I remember that they did it. And also, as you said, I had a baby at home. It was not a planned birth, but it was a wonderful birth-
LS: It was not a planned birth? [laughs]
B: It was not a planned home birth.
LS: -home birth, ya
B: It was an amazing birth. I wasn’t planning a home birth, so after I got ready and ate something, I did call the ambulance and went to the hospital.
B: I was in the hospital for three days and I do remember that they checked his hearing. I don’t remember actually seeing it, but I remember that I made sure that they did it. And then, with my latest baby, that is now 8 months old, and she is delicious, they actually came to the the hospital room. This was the coolest part. They had this thing that was like full rooming in, in the hospital where I was staying and this was my first time -100%- with my baby in the room. Like, most of the times before I would always say rooming in, rooming in, yes, very nice, but we still take away your baby for 5 hours in the middle of the night, between midnight and 5 o’clock in the morning. And here it was 100% rooming in. My baby did not go into the nursery at all. All the doctors came to me. All the nurses came to me. And all the tests were done in front of me. It made me a lot calmer. I felt like it was perfect for me. I know that some people would say, “this is totally not my thing. I don’t want my baby in my room.” But for me it was really important. Especially since I couldn’t have a home birth, so it was the next best thing.
LS: You’ve had a number of children, and you’ve had this different ways. Sometimes the test can be done bedside, where the baby is with you and the technician comes to you, or it might be done in the nursery and then they’ll just tell you about it. Even if you have a home birth, or your baby is born not in a hospital, or unexpectedly on the way- I think that happened to somebody that we know. [both laugh].
B: I think that happened to you.
LS: It did happen to me. My third baby was born in the car on the way to the hospital but we both ended up –
B: I’m so inspirational. I’m so glad that you look up to me like that and that you follow in my footsteps.
LS: Ya, you had a home birth, and then I had a car birth. But anyway, even if your baby is not born in a hospital, they will get all the newborn screenings, not just the hearing screening, all the screenings, either at the hospital when you get there, or within the first day or two, or at the first pediatrician appointment. So just make sure that you get the screening done. Thank you for listening to my conversation with my number 1 fan, my designer, my big sister, Bat-Chen.
B: You can keep going. You know, I think that one of the things I like about All About Audiology, is that it’s not just for people who have experiences with a problem. I, thank God, have 6 children, and all of them are hearing and I think that it’s really important to appreciate the hearing and to understand how it works. And I also think that one of the things I really take care to educate my children in is how to prevent the hearing loss that comes from loud noises and things like that. I appreciate the show because it really is all-encompassing. I feel like you are very well-rounded and you’re able to help everybody who hears it.
I’m really excited about the next episode, which again is a little bit different than what we’ve been doing until now. It is an interview with a friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Hadassah Kupfer. She and I are going to be discussing all about ear tubes and grommets, middle ear effusion, ear infections in childhood. So be sure to check that out later this week. And definitely send in your responses to anything we’ve talked about on the show. I look forward to connecting with you on instagram, on facebook, or through the website, allaboutaudiology.com
I’m Dr. Lilach Saperstein and this is the All About Audiology podcast.