Hearing management

Updated 17 February 2015

Thwart middle-ear infection

Infection of the middle ear is one of the most common preventable causes of deafness.

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Infection of the middle ear is one of the most common preventable causes of deafness. Children are particularly prone to middle-ear infection, because their Eustachian tubes, which ventilate the middle ear and drain off fluids, are narrow and can become blocked easily.

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Prevent infection of the middle ear by not putting your baby or toddler to bed with a bottle. Milk that runs into the ear may cause infection. Also don't allow children who have grommets to swim or bath without wearing good plastic or silicone earplugs. If water that contains bacteria gets into the inner ear they could end up with an ear infection and possibly deafness.

[This tip was originally published in the Spring 2007 edition of YOU Pulse / Huisgenoot-Pols magazine. The summer 2007/8 edition is on sale now.]

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Penny Stevens is a Wits graduate of Audiology. She has been practising for 23 years, 21 of which have been in private practice. Penny is passionate about diagnostic audiology and vestibular assessment. Hearing aid fitting and managing hearing difficulties occupies most of her working day and she loves to know she has made a difference to her patient's lives. Penny is a registered member of the HPCSA as well as SAAA.

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