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Middle ear infection and fluid

Middle ear infections usually follow on from a cold or upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). The infection, however, may go "straight to the ears". GPs are experienced in managing this type of infection, often considering the use of antibiotics. If there are frequent infections or the infection is serious, then referral to an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist should be considered.

 

Hole in the Ear Drum

This may follow on from an ear infection or trauma. It is also a risk from the insertion of grommets. The presence of a hole in the ear drum may cause problems such as hearing loss, infection and balance problems. Assessment of these problems requires a Specialist opinion as to whether the hole can be repaired.

Protruding ears

Children may be born with ears that have a tendency to stick out. This may result in them being the target of teasing when they go to school. There is an operation designed to pin the ears back and make the appearance of their ears more in keeping with other members of their family. As each persons' ears are different in size and shape, it is not expected that surgery would make the ears look exactly the same. In some cases, the ears may need to pinned back more than once, but this would be uncommon. The best time to consider this type of treatment is prior to the child commencing school. This is a procedure that David is happy to offer.

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