I'm learning more about the process of hearing tests. The school system and Whitney's audiologist seem to require them more often than I used to be comfortable with. That was before I learned a bit more about them.
Whit usually gets to have a hearing test in a booth where she sits with an audio probe in each ear. The technician sits outside the booth at a control board sending in different frequency sounds to Whitney's ears one at a time. The goal is to get Whit to turn to the left or right when the sound is sent to that ear. When she does she's rewarded with some kind of visual stimulation as well. Depending on the booth this might be a toy or an animation on a computer monitor. This whole process is usually repeated once without hearing aides and again with them to see if the correction she's receiving is adequate.
For some reason Whitney's reflexes aren't wired to look in the direction of a sound's origin. That's been something she's had to learn. So by having regular hearing tests she's also receiving hearing training. Each time she goes she gets a little better at associating the sounds in her ears to the sights she sees on the corresponding side booth. So I'm learning not to gripe so much about Whit's frequent tests. They help her learn to hear.
This past week her test to get ready for kindergarten was productive. Whit managed to get through the aided and unaided tests without getting tired or uncooperative. And we got a good set of results that showed her hearing has not gotten any worse since her last test. This also means her hearing aids are properly adjusted for her to hear her teachers and her parents. At least she'll be able to when she's not consciously ignoring us. Not that a child would ever do that, right?