Hearing management

Question
Posted by: BONGI | 2010/09/07

Q.

Middle Ear Infection

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?

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Hi Bongi

Middle ear infection is as a result of fluid building up behind the eardrum and being infected by bacteria. This often goes hand in hand with an upper respiratory tract infection (cold, Flu, Sinusitis). The most important is that the build up of fluid and infection is treated as soon as possible. Especially in children it is important to act quickly and if necessary to insert tubes into the ear drum to drain the fluid. This is no a big operation but is important to keep her hearing during the infection optimal. Children learn through hearing and during a middle ear infection her hearing can be affected. As adults we have already the necessary language and learning tho cope but is is important to keep your daughters hearing optimal for future learning.

You can contact me on at debbiep@widex.co.za or through the Widex office on 086 696 5740 if you need any more information or advice.

Kind regards
Debbie

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Posted by: Natalie Buttress | 2010/10/01

Dear Bongi

I wonder if some of the issue that makes you doubt your ENT''s suggestion, is related to the fact that your ear cleared up on its own. Audiologists can also give advice about the state of the middle ear, using a tympanogram- a pressure test of the middle ear''s function. If you want a second opinion on the state of your daughter''s ear, you have the right to consult an audiologist or another ENT before making a commitment to surgery. I am an audiologist AND a mother, and I think- if you have doubts, get a second check!

Reply to Natalie Buttress
Posted by: Hearing Care | 2010/09/20

Hi Bongi

Middle ear infection is as a result of fluid building up behind the eardrum and being infected by bacteria. This often goes hand in hand with an upper respiratory tract infection (cold, Flu, Sinusitis). The most important is that the build up of fluid and infection is treated as soon as possible. Especially in children it is important to act quickly and if necessary to insert tubes into the ear drum to drain the fluid. This is no a big operation but is important to keep her hearing during the infection optimal. Children learn through hearing and during a middle ear infection her hearing can be affected. As adults we have already the necessary language and learning tho cope but is is important to keep your daughters hearing optimal for future learning.

You can contact me on at debbiep@widex.co.za or through the Widex office on 086 696 5740 if you need any more information or advice.

Kind regards
Debbie

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