4 months old boy | 2 years ago
How can middle ear infections affect my child's hearing?
2 years ago
When the middle ear is filled with fluid instead of air, it is often unable to transmit sounds to the inner ear as effectively as it normally would. Fluid in the middle ear can affect your child's hearing in varying degrees, from not at all, to a moderate degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss from middle ear infections is often temporary and will resolve once the fluid has drained and/or the ear drum has been repaired. However, fluid which persists in the middle ear space for a long time may cause long term damage to your child's middle ear and can affect their speech language and learning abilities if they are unable to hear speech and other sounds clearly.