Joined: 24 Jan 2007 20:36 Posts: 20876 Location: West Midlands
My 2 youngest both have glue ear.
Zac failed 2 of his newborn hearing tests in 1 ear. So we took him to ENT for more detailed tests. This confirmed he had a slight hearing loss in his right ear. At this point they weren't sure wether it was permanent or temporary. We had to take him back for more tests which confirmed it was temp & more than likely glue ear! Since then he has gone back for another hearing test at 8 months & the specialist was happy that the glue ear isn't causing him any probs & he can hear all the mid-range tones (the type we need for hearing speech) fine! He might not be able to hear whispering & so on, but that's all! So he is being kept under the care of the peadiactric ENT specialist for regular check ups to make sure he's ok
Lucas was having recurring ear infections in the same ear so I took him to the docs about it & demanded an ENT appt at the hospital. This was back in May. They did some tests on his & confirmed he has glue ear in his left ear. It's not bad though & the infections have gotten less frequent so they are just keeping an eye on him for now His speech seems fine although when he talks it does sound a little nasal. I mentioned this to the ENT specialist who said if that continues they can always sort it out with speech therapy at a later date.
Sorry to hear your little girl needs the op for grommits, but i'm sure they wouldn't do it unless they were certain it would make her hearing/infections a lot better. I'm sure she'll be fine. She sounds very brave with all she's been through already & mommy & daddy have been brave too!
Zoe, could you not get the speech therapist to write a letter about his speech being affected a lot? If you keep badgering them then I don't see how they can refuse to give him the op without good reason! Why did they say no in the first place?