Serous Otitis Media is a middle ear effusion wherein the fluid becomes glue type thick due to cold, sore throat or upper respiratory viral infection. This ailment is very common in children. The most common symptom noticed is hearing loss or at times sense of fullness in the ear. At times there is delay in speech and language development in children. Loss of balance is also noticed in certain cases.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
An Ear-Nose-Throat specialist diagnoses Serous Otitis Media by examining the ear using an otoscope.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
In case of children experiencing hearing loss which is in turn leading to language and speech problem, then the doctor may recommend surgery. Through this the grommet is placed in the affected ear that helps smooth drainage of fluid letting the air to flow in seamlessly in the middle air. At times the doctor may advise the use of hearing aids as an alternative to surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Allergy is often a major factor in the development or persistence of serous otitis media.