My son got recently diagnosed with sensorineural bilateral hearing loss. Around 8-9 months he started to talk some. He said by-by dah-ee (byebye daddy) a couple of times and we think he said 'kih-ee' (kitty).. He did that for a week or so, then stopped. He babbles and babbles and babbles, but it frankly sounds like he speaks some middle eastern language *laugh* It's really cute, but he worries me. He's 14 months now.. and seems to make no effort to really talk. I -think- he has the capability, but he seems uninterested. When I sing, he dances, so I know he can hear me! But if you call his name, he doesn't respond. He had an ear infection in November, which cleared up after some antibiotics. Then it started to act up a little again. We were sent to the ENT, who found fluid behind his ears. The audiologist found his hearing to be lacking. They scheduled him for tubes and a neuro hearing test. The test confirmed his hearind is "off". Basically, he can hear low frequences just fine, but as they near talking levels, he has mild hearing loss. Since he's so young, it's kind of hard to properly test him, but the mild/moderate hearing loss is sure. So now we're in and out the hospital, which is an adventure on it's own. We live a good hour away from the hospital and he gets car sick everytime we have to drive there, because of the awful roads around Birmingham. We've been to the audiologist, the ENT, genetic research (since my brother has hearing loss).. Next week he's scheduled for another hearing test and fitting of his hearing aids. I'm worried He just seems to be getting further and further behind. I think he's just incredibly stubborn and independant, but even I start to doubt those feelings sometimes. He's a happy little man, but he just kind of does his own thing. He will stand when he feels like it, not when you want him to. He will walk while holding his play yard, but makes no effort to do so without. He doesn't try to talk, just babbles his own little language and he's perfectly content with it. Everyone positively adores his beaming smile (he is ALWAYS happy) and his single dimple. He loves flirting with women... I just don't think that a hearing aid is going to make -that- a big difference. From the tests, there's a lot of sounds he CAN hear, and he doesn't use them... Any other parents who have experience with this?