The Post Every Parent Must Read: The Product That Changed My Child’s Speech
A few months ago I shared with you guys that my two-year-old daughter was displaying some signs of delay in her speech and language so we decided to get help. She has now been in speech therapy for about 6 months and she has not been making much progress, until we discovered a product that changed our lives. This is the product that all parents must own in their home and in their parenting kit. I am talking about the Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System . What is it?
A little background:
During her classes it seemed that Luna was not paying attention to her therapist and she seemed like she was ignoring us. In her typical activities she would usually play silently and when I would go into her room or I would call her name from behind she seemed to not hear me. I felt ignored. One day I walked into her room and she was sitting on her bed writing on the wall like many kids do. Her back was turned to me and I proceeded to yell “Luna!” “Luna what are you doing,” but she would not turn or seem startled at all. I yelled even louder and began to clap, but she still did not turn. THIS IS WHEN I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG! How could she not hear me?
The next time her teacher came for her therapy she looked a little discouraged and she told me that Luna was not advancing and that maybe we should consider other options. She said she noticed Luna did not show any effort when repeating words and that her sounds were very limited. She would only produce the “Ahh” sound even when the words did not include an “A.” I told her I had noticed the same thing and that I did not know if she was doing it on purpose because she has a very strong personality and was just playing us. This is when her therapist asked me the most important questions and possibly the keys to why she was delayed. She asked me “Have you checked her ears?” “Has she ever gotten a hearing test?” I told her that yes; she had gotten a hearing test when she was born, but she told me that was not enough because children change so much as they grow older.
She told me stories of children she had that were also delayed in speech and language and who were later told they also had a hearing problem. I hated the idea of thinking something else was wrong with my daughter. It was difficult enough for me to know she might be labeled as a child with special needs, but I knew we needed to help her. Many times as a parent you have to swallow your pride and ask for help.
We took her to the Doctor in order to hopefully get a referral for an audiologist who could further assess her hearing. Her Doctor first asked me if my child had been screened for autism, to which I answered… “Yes, three times and they said she did not qualify for diagnosis.” Next her Doctor looked in her ears and said “Oh yes, her ears are very DIRTY,” and she said she could refer us. I went home, not happy with the way the Doctor handled the situation. First of all, wax and dirt are not the same thing. Second of all, she did no further testing. I felt so discouraged and a little ashamed that she would just call my daughter’s ear dirty… I mean I clean them all the time and I bathe her (most days 🙂 ). I looked in Luna’s ears and they were full of wax. No exaggeration they were FULL of wax. You could see the wax packed inside her ear canal. So her dad and I began to wonder if this excessive ear wax was preventing her from hearing. We immediately talked to her speech therapist.
This is What Her Speech Therapist Told Us.
- Children who have problems hearing may also have problems producing speech because they are not able to properly hear the sounds necessary to produce speech and language.
- If they cannot hear the sounds, they may also find it difficult to copy, or reproduce sounds necessary to form words.
- Children may be prone to ear infections, excessive earwax, allergies or sinus infections that may affect hearing, either temporary or for a long period of time.
- Excessive earwax can block the ear canal and not allow sound to be properly picked up and transmitted. (Ear wax is normal and healthy but excessive earwax is not typical)
- These problems can also lead to conductive hearing loss, which can cause a person to hear sounds as a muffled sound or a faint sound. (Think of when you have water in your ears, you are underwater, or you have earplugs on)
*I will create a more in depth post about how problems in hearing can be linked to other problems or conditions, specifically conductive hearing loss.
After hearing this we were amazed at how much information was out there and how little her doctors had told us about this. We did what most people would do and we started our own investigation. We watched videos of children getting their ears cleaned, or irrigated and we were again amazed! They reported that their hearing got much better and that they had never heard that clearly before (You can search on YouTube and there are tons of videos). Furthermore, we decided to clean them ourselves.
*Be advised that we did our own research and after a lot of thinking we decided to buy the proper tool to clean her ears. We are not medical Doctors, and cleaning the ears can be dangerous if you do not do it carefully. Most Doctors should be able to help you clean their ears in their office and may help determine if it is an ear infection or wax. Please consult your child’s pediatrician before doing any of this if you are not confident enough to do it yourself. The use of Q-tips and other invasive items may damage the ears and cause further problems.
Outcome of Cleaning/Irrigating using The Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy
What was the outcome of our cleaning you may wonder? Well I will insert pictures below, which are only about 1/3 of what we took out of her ears using the amazing product listed at the end of this post. We did this over the period of three days and only for a few flushes in each ear. I cannot be happier when I say that we immediately saw a difference in her. She was a whole new child. She turned around when we called her. She began trying to repeat sounds. It was as if she experienced sound for the first time. She began to say, “what’s that?” as she pointed to the chirping birds in the trees. She began to say “all done mom” when she finished using the restroom; “eewww” when she smelled something bad and “No” instead of “naaah.” To some people that may not seem like a big deal coming from an almost three year old… but to us it was just a blessing because before this we would typically only hear “aaahhhh.”
We still await further testing and checkups from an audiologist or a pediatrician, but we learned how important hearing was to speech and language and to her safety. She could not hear people behind or sounds behind her which could be dangerous. We also learned that we are our child’s advocates, and we should never give up on them despite the labels that others put on them. We are hopeful that Luna will progress in her speech and language and that checking her ears will lead to even more pieces to the puzzle.
Thank you all for reading. If you have a child who you may think is delayed in any milestone, please do not be afraid to seek help. Your child will benefit from any extra help that you or a professional can give them. Trust your knowledge of them and be secure in your parenting. Check your child’s ears if you notice they seem to not be hearing you or listening to you. I am not saying that all children who are delayed in speech or language may be in the same situation as Luna, but checking their ears will help you rule some thinks out. I will include below what we used to help irrigate her ears. Please do your research and watch videos on how to use it before attempting it at home.
This device changed our lives and our child’s ability to interact with her world. I have linked it below from Amazon. I may receive a monetary compensation if you purchase using this link through Amazon’s affiliate program, but my opinions and love for this product are genuine. Please share with your friends.