In Serous Otitis Media, there is a fluid accommodation in the middle ear space. Usually this fluid is non-infected. The problem happens mostly in children post a cold, cough or even flu, which leads to severe inflammation and damage to the ear canal and excessive pressure. The child would constantly be tugging their ears, have hearing problems and also some sharp pain in the region. It can lead to loss of balance and delayed speech in infants.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
The ear-nose- throat specialist reviews the child’s medical history and examines the child completely while diagnosing for Serous Otitis Media with the help of an otoscope. A hearing test may also be conducted to check the impact of Serous Otitis Media.
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.