glue ear

(7 Posts)
Peacenquiet2 Fri 04-Apr-14 16:12:58

Hi all, my ds who's 3,8 was diagnosed with bilateral glue ear just over a year ago. Since then the nhs have taken a watchful waiting approach until finally his recent hearing test showed further reduced hearing in both ears. He now has an appointmebt with ENT in may with a view to fitting grommits and possibly removing adenoids.
His hearing problem has had a dramatic impact on his speech and he is way behind his peers at nursery in his language, he has a good range of vocab but is very hard to understand unless you know him. He can also play up at nursery when it comes to group activities and sitting/listening for long, and he finds it hard socially to mix in groups with other kids. Hes ok one to one or in small groups or with kids he knows well.
Im hoping these issues might resolve themselves once his hearing is clearer but im looking for advice/input from parrnts who's dc's had similar and how things went?? Thanks.

caroldecker Fri 04-Apr-14 17:37:24

Not a DC but me. It is difficult to know if the issues you describe relate to hearing loss or not. If so, they will resolve themselves when his hearing is better, but it may just be him - always difficult to know when to 'blame' medical issues.

TinkerbellTrains Sat 05-Apr-14 03:01:28

Hi peace. My ds1 is older (5 in less than a week) but have a look at my post here about his operation he had last week.

The change in him has been awesome. He had the extra problem of tongue tie which was severely affecting his speech a well but in the short space of time since the op he has come on in leaps & bounds.

Still needs some speech & language therapy but probably not as many sessions as expected.

TinkerbellTrains Sat 05-Apr-14 03:07:00

As for group activities and mixing socially in large groups, he doesn't much like this and will play up if pushed into these situations. He much prefers smaller groups or one-on-one play but I think that's more down to his personality than anything else.

His daycare have mentioned a improvement in his concentration at "mat time" and are encouraging to participate in activities that increase his concentration.

They also report him starting and making conversation more with kids he doesn't generally talk to.

I just think the operation has really helped his confidence when it comes to having a conversation and expressing himself and am excited about watching his progress.

Good luck with your sons appointment. smile

Peacenquiet2 Sat 05-Apr-14 19:09:40

Wow tinkernell thanks so much for your encouraging response. Its so nice to hear what a positive impact its had on your ds and really what i was hoping to hear from someone.
As far as the impact its been having on my ds social abilities its such a relief to know there could be a quick noticable improvement like there has been for you ds. I cant wait for the appointment and hope for an outcome as positive as yours.

TinkerbellTrains Sat 05-Apr-14 21:33:10

I hope so too.

We have to do it all again on Thursday with 3 1/2yr old ds2. He's having grommets, adenoids & tonsils out.

His problem though is it severely affects his behaviour. He's a very confident boy, very verbal and articulate, has no problems speaking in groups etc but he really can't hear, even speaking to him face to face we have to repeat ourselves a lot, he gets frustrated when he can't hear/understand you and will throw a tantrum, hit out (although we've mostly got that under control now). His sleep is also affected which makes him tired & grumpy.

I asked him yesterday what it feels like in his ears and he replied " well when I lie down, it is very loud" which we know is all the fluid rushing up when he lies flat.

I'm hoping we will see the same immediate outcome with him too.

Please come back and update about your son. It'll be lovely to see how they're all getting on.

TheKnightsThatSayNee Sat 05-Apr-14 21:42:28

Ndcs have lots of tips for helping children with a hearing loss even if it is temporary. Children with glue ear can be fitted with hearing aids too if an operation isn't ideal for any reason.

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