Hearing management

Posted by: R | 2009-09-10



Hi doc,
My son is two, and in day care full time.
After being in excellent health for many months, he had flu a month ago, but never completely recovered. Last week I took him to his doc who diagnosed ear infections, prescribed antibiotics, and referred me to the ENT doc. I took my son to the doc who advised grommets to sort his ears out. He was a very good doctor, but I did not sense a tone of urgency. Maybe he was trying to be re-assuring. But after the visit I am wondering how necessary it is to have this procedure done. What other problems could this lead to if the grommets are not put in? What are the chances of his ears clearing up on its own now that summer is coming in? Should I cancel his swimming for a while wether or not the grommets are put in? His hearing and learning is fine, I don'  t see any hearing problems at the moment.
I am also thinking of taking him for a 2nd opinion.
Your advice would help millions.
Many thanks.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear R

I would recommend that you get in touch with the ENT again and discuss your concerns with him. Ask him about the urgency. Is he currently treating the ears with anything else?

The urgency is not necessarily in the grommets but in the treatment of the middle ears. Remember if there is fluid building up or infection then there can be a temporary level of hearing loss. That means that your little one is hearing less than he should and by implication missing language and speech information. Please follow-up on this as soon as possible and speak to your ENT. It will also be advisable to have a hearing test done by an Audiologist once all medical possibilities are cleared up. It is important to monitor children's hearing on a regular basis

Please let me know if you need any further information.

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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