What can cause a Language Delay – Otitis Media – Glue Ear

I recently attended an audiology assessment for my son’s APD at Australian Hearing and noticed the leaflets they handed out and thought I should add the detail about Glue Ear which my son suffered with for most of his early years.

I have added the details from here flyer below.  This was information I needed many years ago when my son was very small.

Glue Ear (Otitis Media)

Depositphotos_5877842_xsWhat is Glue Ear?

Glue is is an accumulation of fluid from within the middle ear.

If left untreated glue ear can cause childhood deafness.

It interferes with the conduction of sound to the hearing nerve and is frequently caused by middle ear infection but can be present without infection as well.

Signs of conductive hearing loss:

  • Poor speech or language development.
  • Turns TV up loud
  • Watches faces intently during conversation
  • Have problems hearing in background noise
  • Lack of concentration
  • Easily Distracted
  • Intolerant of loud sounds
  • Clumsiness
  • Disobedience/daydreaming

What can be done?

In you’re worried about your child’s hearing you can do the following:

  • Have your child’s hearing tested and monitored
  • Seek medical advice from your GP who may recommend referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
  • Encourage lots of nose blowing as a preventative measure to stop the glue ear developing
  • Seek advice as to whether their diet is encouraging allergic reactions
  • Face your child when talking
  • Gain attention before speaking
  • Reduce background noise

Source: Australian Hearing / Connect Hearing
Don’t ignore early warning signs and do seek medical advice.

You can follow my journey with my son in my new book Kids Speech Matters to understand how we worked out Glue Ear was probably the culprit for his APD many y ears ago and definitely is why he had poor expressive and receptive language disorder.




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