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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Glue Ear | 2007/04/05

Q.

Ear Special Calls it Glue Ear

My Almost 3 year Old is falling behind with her speech. After an appointment with a hearing test, speech therapist and Ear specialist- we have been told that she has Glue ear.
He prescribed some nasty drugs for her. What medicine should we have? How long has she had Glue ear and I haven’t noticed. Why has she not complained? Is there some other measure I can take to assist in the clearing of her ear passages? What are the chances of her not having to have grommets in her ear?

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Glue Ear

It happens often that fluid builds up and doesn't drain from the middle ear. This fluid can thicken over time and often the only symptom will be a feeling of pressure in the ear. This will cause what we call a conductive hearing loss. The build-up in the middle-ear interferes with the conduction of sound and causes a temporary hearing loss. It is very important to have the fluid cleared up. I would recommend that you follow the advice of the ENT specialist. Grommets are very effective and it is quite a simple procedure that most specialists have lots of expereince in. I don't think there is a need for concern, if that was the recommendation.

It might also be necessary for your little one to have some speech and language therapy once the ears are cleared.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or need more information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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