Hearing management

Question
Posted by: B | 2010/07/21

Q.

Ear Infections

My son is 3x years old and has had infections since he was a few months old. He has had 4 sets of grommets and still we have infections. We have changed ENT specialists around 5 times and all just prescribe antiobiotics and we end up with the same results or him getting a runny tummy etc. I don''t want to mention the finanial stress and emtional stress since we worried out of our minds.
He has pass running out of his ears and it smells terrible. What can be do, we have really tried to help him in this regard but I feel like it''s all failing?

Expert's Reply

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Hearing Expert

Hi B. It is very stressful when your child is chronically unwell. Chronic Middle Ear Infectioons are not easy to deal with especially if you have gone the route of grommets and antibiotics. If there is puss running out it indicates that the grommets are open and allowing the infected fluid to pass through the eardrum which is good in the sense thst there is no build up of fluid behind the ear drum. What is worying is the odour which indicates there is still infection. A few important points about ear infections and grommets:
1. WHen there are grommets in place there is a opening connecting the outer ear (earcanal) and the middle ear. It is important to keep all water etc out of the ears. Do not allow bathwater, pool water etc to get in the ears. Use swimming plugs, preferably the custom made plugs to keep your sons eaes dry and the possibility of further infection down.
2. Use a good nose spray through the nosrils regularly to keep any build up of mucus from occuring.
3. Revisit you ENT or get a secon opinion as to the reason for the contant infection.
4. Investigate the possibility of allergies eg food allergies that might be playing a role in the chronic infections.

It is important that your son does not loose out on any hearing at this point as this is am important time for language learning. If you still need information please feel free to contact me throught the Widex Head office.
Regards
Debbie

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Posted by: Queen | 2010/10/21

My son is two years old and has yellow discharge coming out of his ear and its smells horrible i took to severall gps but they all recommend ant boitics and they dont help is the a cure ?

Reply to Queen
Posted by: BONGI | 2010/09/07

i am 27 and was suffering from a middle ear infection and a month later my daughter also had one on the same ear i had and the ENT is suggesting and operation as he did with me, i never went for an operation and my ear is fine, DID I INFECT MY DAUGHTER?

Reply to BONGI
Posted by: Hearing Care | 2010/07/27

Hi B. It is very stressful when your child is chronically unwell. Chronic Middle Ear Infectioons are not easy to deal with especially if you have gone the route of grommets and antibiotics. If there is puss running out it indicates that the grommets are open and allowing the infected fluid to pass through the eardrum which is good in the sense thst there is no build up of fluid behind the ear drum. What is worying is the odour which indicates there is still infection. A few important points about ear infections and grommets:
1. WHen there are grommets in place there is a opening connecting the outer ear (earcanal) and the middle ear. It is important to keep all water etc out of the ears. Do not allow bathwater, pool water etc to get in the ears. Use swimming plugs, preferably the custom made plugs to keep your sons eaes dry and the possibility of further infection down.
2. Use a good nose spray through the nosrils regularly to keep any build up of mucus from occuring.
3. Revisit you ENT or get a secon opinion as to the reason for the contant infection.
4. Investigate the possibility of allergies eg food allergies that might be playing a role in the chronic infections.

It is important that your son does not loose out on any hearing at this point as this is am important time for language learning. If you still need information please feel free to contact me throught the Widex Head office.
Regards
Debbie

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