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Pediatric Hearing Loss

Question: I am nervous, wondering why my doctor suggested a hearing test for my 2-year-old when she has speech delay. Answer: The first line of intervention for speech delay is to rule out hearing loss as a contributing factor. Recurrent middle ear fluid or infection can temporarily impact a child’s ability to hear the sounds of speech. Then, of course, we must ascertain there is no permanent hearing loss as well. An array of testing methods designed for toddlers will yield reliable ... Read more

Do you have anything to keep water out of my child’s ears while swimming?

Question: Do you have anything to keep water out of my child’s ears while swimming? The generic devices are not effective. Answer: Yes, we routinely make swim molds for both children and adults. Our doctors are skilled at making them using soft silicone, which provides the best seal from water entry into the ear canal and fits comfortably in the ear. They float and come in a variety of colors to match swim suits or your color preference. We also provide a ... Read more

What is the best treatment for recurrent ear infections in children?

Question: What is the best treatment for recurrent ear infections in children? Answer: Your pediatrician may share with you that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a "wait and watch" approach because many mild ear infections will resolve on their own without antibiotics. There is some concern for over-prescribing antibiotics at a young age as well. However, treating ear infections is a partnership between parents and pediatricians, and concerns should be discussed in detail. It's good to know that studies show rates of ... Read more