Hearing management

Posted by: Andrea | 2008/11/24



My daughter is 11. She was prone to ear infections as a small child but hasn'  t had for many years. In June she developed pharangitis. Now, in November she suddenly had a massive infection and her ear drum perforated.

I took her to an ENT who diagnosed an outer ear infection which he treated. He asked to see her in 4 days time to clear out the ear of excess wax. When we went back, he saw (previously the infection had been to severe) that the eard drum had prforated. He gave my daughter meds and said we could expect it to clear up completely. He wanted to see her in a week again to ensure the perforation was fixed up.

She has been struggling to hear in that ear, and when we took her back on Friday, he said that there is fluid trapped behind the eardrum. He gave her meds (two nasal sprays and orals meds) to try to clear it up but is a little usure wherether it will do the trick.

He wants to see her again on Monday next week. If the fluid hasn'  t cleared up he wants to either inter a gromit of drain the fluid under anastetic.
What should I do? Is 11 too old for a gromit? What would draiing the ear entail?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Andrea

I think it is a very good thing that you are seeing the ENT and that you are going for repeated follow-ups. Although it is more common to see grommets in children, we are never too old for it and if the fluid does not clear up with the medication, it is advisable to go for grommets. It is a very small procedure where they make a little cut in the eardrum and insert the little tube and it can be very effective. It literally just allows the fluid that normally drain through the Eustachian tube down the throat, to drain through the eardrum. Also remember that the fluid can cause a temporry hearing loss and it will effect her learning and listening at school.

After all is cleared up medically, i would advise that you take her to an Audiologist for a hearing and middle ear evaluation, just to make sure that all is in order. If you don't know of someone in your area, please let me know and i will gladly refer you (izabelle@widex.co.za)

Please feel free to write to me if you have any further questions

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: ABC | 2008/11/24

Draining of the ear is quite common, nothing to worry about.

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