Recurrent otitis media

Recurrent otitis media

Acute otitis media (middle ear infection) occurs frequently in children, most commonly between the ages of 3 - 6 years. 80% recover within 3 to 4 days and complications are rare.

Unresolved ear infections and perforated ear drums can cause hearing disorders, especially when chronic symptoms persist.

Persistent and reoccurring symptoms should be investigated by an ENT specialist so as to avoid any permanent hearing loss.

Hearing loss

  • Middle ear infections are the most frequent cause of short-term hearing impairment.
  • Children that present a risk of hearing impairment are:
    • Untreated and recurrent otitis media.
    • Children that have suffered with at least 3 middle ear infections in less than 6 months