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Posted by: Tanya | 2007/07/10

Q.

Can Swollen tonsils affect speech ??

I discovered today that my daughers' ( 6 1/2) tonsils are really swollen, especially her left one. They are touching. Not being an expert on tonsilsl I asked my younger daughter to open her mouth and hers are smaller and apart (5). We have always thought that maybe there was something wrong with her hearing as she tends to not be able to pronounce some of her letters like th, she says f, and there is also something else there that we can't quite describe . It is like she sometimes talks from the back of her throat but it is not very noticable. We took her for a hearing test last week and her hearing is fine but we were told that she has a slight negative pressure in her ears, espeically the left ear. We were told that maybe this is from some fluid in her middle ears which needs to be drained so we are now giving her euphorbium spray three times a day and also ACC 200 twice a day. After a month we are going to take her back for another test. She said that her saying f instead of th is common . But she did ask where her accent came from and everyone asks us where both our daughters get their accents from. All we can think of is that we homeschool them, they hang around alot of foreign speaking people as we living on a boat, and their good friends are german but they only get together once a week. But, do you think that her tonsils have anything to do with this. She has never had a sore throat, has only had two earaches ever but they were very sore. Has never had antibiotics as I go the natural route as much as possible. I am not qutie sure what it is or if there is anything at all. Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Tanya

My apologies for my late reply - I had some internet problems. I am delighted to hear that you had taken her for a hearing test, it is a very important step to take. I think the best is now to take her for an evaluation to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. The negative pressure in her middle ears can definitely be related to her tonsils, it might be a good idea to have her tonsils removed but discuss this with your ENT. It is also advisable to take her for an articulation evaluation to a Speech Therapist. Around age 5 and a little older, we expect to have sounds pronounced correctly. Please e-mail me at izabelle@widex.co.za if you need a referral to a Speech Therapist in your area. It is possible that problems with adenoids and tonsils can cause articulation problems and that will be the reason why we need to start with a structural evaluation.

Please let me know if you have any further question

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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