The most common types of temporary hearing loss among children are middle ear infections, “swimmer’s ear,” impacted earwax, and other obstructions. When the middle ear becomes infected and swollen, trapping fluid behind the eardrum, symptoms include tugging the ear, fluid draining from the ear, balance issues, and problems hearing or responding. Swimmer’s ear, an infection of the ear canal, can be quite painful and cause muffled hearing. Earwax, with its waterproof properties that help protect the eardrum and ear canal, also traps dirt, dust, and other particles from entering the ear and irritating the eardrum. Earwax can build up and cause diminished hearing, as can other obstructions such as small items children may insert into their ears.
As a primary source of information for learning, the auditory system is key for a child’s healthy development. Because there are many different reasons for any hearing loss, early detection is crucial to successfully addressing the impairment. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s hearing, or if you’d like to make an appointment to have your own hearing tested, please give us a call.
P.S. Objects that commonly become stuck in a child’s ear are crayons, beads, toys, and food. Multiple foreign bodies are not uncommon.
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