The way our senses work together to give us a coherent view of the world is truly remarkable. For some however, complications arise that may challenge or even take away one’s senses. Ear and sinus infections are remarkably common in infants and young children, yet if left untreated an infection can turn into a serious problem that may result in some kind of hearing loss or vocal cord paralysis. If you suspect that your child may suffer from hearing loss, take them to see a otolaryngologist (ear doctor) and get a professional opinion.
Infant Hearing Loss
Studies show that five out of every six children will experience at least one ear infection by the age of three. Ear infections can differ, so determining whether a child is suffering from an ear infection or not is difficult if you aren’t sure what to look for. There may or may not be fever or discharge from the ears if there is an ear infection; other symptoms include pain, loss of balance, difficulty sleeping, and even headaches. Although hearing loss can come from an untreated ear infection, congenital abnormalities of the ear was the underlying cause for nearly 30% of infant hearing loss cases. Other researchers believe that genetics are responsible for up to 60% of children with hearing loss.
Treatment for Chronic Ear Problems
Hearing loss and general ear pain may stem from constant sources of infection like cholesteatoma and other chronic ear problems. Cholesteatoma is a non-cancerous skin cyst that has developed in the middle ear; colesteatoma may also be congenital. Cholesteatoma and other chronic ear problems can develop after numerous ear infections in some cases and can potentially result in hearing loss. Preventing hearing loss is much easier than repairing it, as eardrum surgery is delicate and only has a success rate of 90%. By familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of hearing loss you will be able to monitor your children and ensure that they can hear your voice every day.