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.

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.

Take action:
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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Heidi Allan is a qualified audiologist and speech-language therapist with 28 years experience both in South Africa and the Netherlands. I am a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the South African Speech-Language Hearing Association and the South African Audiology Association. I have held leadership roles at both provincial and national level in my profession and deliver presentations across the country on aspects of audiology. My areas of particular interest include Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation, diagnostic audiology and public education.

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