Chronic Otitis Media With Effusion and Hearing Loss
Chronic otitis media with effusion (COME) is one of the many conditions that affect hearing health. Children are mostly affected by it due to their smaller Eustachian tubes. In this article we will go over this condition, and how it may result in loss of hearing.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), there are signs that you should look for in your child that might suggest he or she suffers from this type of ear infection.
The signs include:
- Tugging or pulling at the ear(s)
- Fussiness and crying
- Trouble sleeping
- Fever (especially in infants and younger children)
- Fluid draining from the ear
- Clumsiness or problems with balance
- Trouble hearing or responding to quiet sounds
There are ways in which you can prevent your child from suffering from chronic otitis and avoid hearing damage. Prevention begins by reducing risk factors that lead to an ear infection. Make sure your child is vaccinated against the flu every year. Other suggestions given by NIDCD include “Wash[ing] hands frequently, avoid exposing your baby to cigarette smoke.
Never put your baby down for a nap, or for the night, with a bottle. Don’t allow sick children to spend time together.”
It is important to take care of your child’s hearing health, as to prevent conditions that might result in hearing loss.