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Hearing management

Updated 07 December 2017

How to prevent middle-ear infection in kids

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

Infection of the middle ear (also known as otitis media) 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.

Preventing middle ear infection

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.

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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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