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Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck – Pediatrics

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Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck – Pediatrics 

More than three million American children have a hearing loss, and an estimated 1.3 million of them are under three years of age. Parents and grandparents are usually the first to discover hearing loss in a baby, because they spend the most time with them. If at any time you suspect your baby has a hearing loss, discuss it with your doctor. He or she may recommend evaluation by an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon (ear, nose and throat specialist) and additional hearing tests.

Hearing loss can be temporary, caused by ear wax, middle ear fluid, or infections. Many children with temporary hearing loss can have their hearing restored through medical treatment or minor surgery.
 
However, some children have sensorineural hearing loss (sometimes called nerve deafness), which is permanent. Most of these children have some usable hearing, and children as young as three months old can be fitted with hearing aids.

Do children lose their hearing for reasons other than chronic otitis media?

Children can incur temporary hearing loss for other reasons than chronic middle ear infection and Eustachian tube dysfunction. They include:

  • Cerumen impaction (compressed earwax)
  • Otitis externa: Inflammation of the external auditory canal, also called swimmer’s ear.
  • Cholesteatoma: A mass of horn shaped squamous cell epithelium and cholesterol in the middle ear, usually resulting from chronic otitis media.
  • Otosclerosis: This is a disease of the otic capsule (bony labyrinth) in the ear, which is more prevalent in adults and characterized by formation of soft, vascular bone leading to progressive conductive hearing loss. It occurs due to fixation of the stapes (bones in the ear). Sensorineural hearing loss may result because of involvement of the cochlear duct.
  • Trauma: A trauma to the ear or head may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

​Early diagnosis is crucial in the management of pediatric hearing loss. When diagnosis is delayed, there can be significant impact on speech and language development. Early fitting of hearing or other prosthetic aids, and an early start on special education programs can help maximize a child’s existing hearing. This means your child will get a head start on speech and language development.

Downloadable Patient Education (PDF)Pediatric Ear Conditions | American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck SurgeryPediatric Nose & Mouth ConditionsPediatric Throat Conditions
Chronic Laryngitis
Dysphagia
Sore throat
Strep Throat (TEST)
Strep Throat
Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths)
Tonsillectomy
Tonsillitis
Vocal Cord Paralysis

Acoustic Neuroma
Chronic Ear Infections in Children
Otitis Media
Ruptured Eardrum
Sinusitis
Sudden Hearing Loss 
Tinnitus

Cochlear Implant
Ear Tube Surgery
Hearing Aids

Adenoiditis
Allergies
Anosmia
Deviated Septum

CT Scan
MRI
PET Scan
Children’s Hearing Loss
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children
Cochlear Implant Health: What Parents Should Know
Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
When Your Child Has Tinnitus
Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing/Obstructive Sleep Apnea
How Allergies Affect Your Child’s Ears, Nose, and Throat
Pediatric Food Allergies
Secondhand Smoke and Children
Pediatric GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)
Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
How Allergies Affect your Child’s Ears, Nose, and Throat
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
Pediatric Head & Neck ConditionsPediatric Health Tips & PreventionOther ConditionsTreatments & Procedures
Children and Facial Trauma
Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
Children’s Hearing Health
The Necessity of Early Intervention in Hearing
Child Hearing Screening
Reducing Choking Risks
Choking Prevention: What Can I Do to Keep My Child from Choking? 
Secondhand Smoke and Children
Day Care and Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Bell’s Palsy
Children and Facial Trauma
Children’s Hearing Loss
Facial Sports Injuries
Infant Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss and Ear Infection
How Allergies Affect Your Child’s Ears, Nose, and Throat
Pediatric Sinusitis
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and Children
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children
Pediatric Food Allergies
Pediatric GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)
Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing/Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
When Your Child Has Tinnitus
Cochlear Implant Health: What Parents Should Know
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