Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Yasmin | 2009-07-29

Q.

Can wax affect hearing?

Good day,

I am worried about my 4 year old son. I find that he speaks very loudly. At first I thought that it was just because children generally speak loudly, but now I notice that he often does not hear me when I talk to him the first time and he constantly asks me to repeat things. I want to take him to an audiologist for a hearing test. My only other concern is that, could it be ear wax build up that is affecting the hearing? Two GP' s in the last year have told me that they cannot see his eardrum at all when examining him when he was sick, because of a build up of earwax. They recommended using Waxol, which I did a few times but nothing happened. Should I get the wax removed before taking him for a hearing test? Sould his ears be syringed? If so, who could do this? Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Yasmin

I would recommend that you see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to examine the ears and remove the wax if necessary. After that when all medical possibilities are ruled out then see an Audiologist that can evaluate the functioning of the middle ears as well as his hearing. If you don't know of an Audiologist and ENT in your area, then please let me know and i will gladly refer you (izabelle@widex.co.za). It is very important that you have his hearing evaluated as soon as possible, if there is a hearing problem temporary or permanent then he will be loosing a lot of language and learning and one need to get to the root as soon as possible.

Please let me know if you need any further information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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