Jump to content

Questions about Grommets
lots of questions!


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 noi'mnot

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:40 AM

Hi all,

After taking my 26 month old to the audiologist this week, it turns out that she has mild hearing loss following some pretty bad ear infections (including 2 ruptured eardrums) over the winter. When they tested her cochlear that was fine, they said it's because there is still fluid in the middle ear. So apparently the hearing loss should be completely reversible, the audiologist told me that the most likely thing that will happen next is that she'll need grommets. Her speech is actually extraordinarily good, particularly considering that she has mild hearing loss - she is well above her peers with verbal communication, which is great (conversation on par with 3-4 year olds). But the poor little thing must be having some troubles in life if she can't hear some things that well. sad.gif

I've made an appointment with the GP to get the referral and discuss this, but really wanted to know what people can tell me from their experiences?

What is the procedure like? How long does it take? What is the recovery time? Do they experience pain after the surgery?

We don't have PHI and don't mind paying out of pocket for private treatment if necessary. What is the waitlist like in the public system (Melbourne)? What kind of costs would we expect in private (ballpark, of course)? We don't mind what it costs, but would like to be able to prepare.

Also, does anybody have a great ENT that they could recommend to us in Melbourne?

All stories, experience, recommendations, advice, etc welcome. Thanks so much in advance.

#2 Carmen02

Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:55 AM

QUOTE (noi'mnot @ 16/11/2012, 05:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've made an appointment with the GP to get the referral and discuss this, but really wanted to know what people can tell me from their experiences?

What is the procedure like? How long does it take? What is the recovery time? Do they experience pain after the surgery?

We don't have PHI and don't mind paying out of pocket for private treatment if necessary. What is the waitlist like in the public system (Melbourne)? What kind of costs would we expect in private (ballpark, of course)? We don't mind what it costs, but would like to be able to prepare.

Also, does anybody have a great ENT that they could recommend to us in Melbourne?

All stories, experience, recommendations, advice, etc welcome. Thanks so much in advance.


my 10yr old has had 9 sets shes about to have another, my middle child has had 3 sets and my 2yr old just had his first set a couple weeks ago. It is a very easy op for them very quick around 30mins and basically they dont need any recovery but a quiet day for the rest of the day because they have been through an op. my children have never needed pain relief at all after it.

Im in melb and my youngest had to wait 13mths on the public wait list, DD last year had to wait 12mths (thankfully our PHI has kicked in now!) i think private costs could be around a few thousand but thats only a guess. I fully recommed getting grommets as fast as you can (we couldnt afford to pay out of pocket!) its great her speech is fine!! All you have to remember after grommets you cant get their ears wet!! (i know some specialists have different views on that too) I have a fantastic ENT in the clayton area if you are near there i can PM you the details original.gif goodluck

#3 Kreme

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

My daughter has had 2 sets of grommets - at 16 mths and then at age 5. DS had his first set at 3.5 and second set at 4.5. Both have also had their adenoids shaved down - DD with second grommets and DS with the first set.
The actual op was completely straightforward and there was no pain afterwards from the grommets. DS had his second op a few months ago and he had the op at around 8am and was home zooming around on his scooter before midday.
The anaesthetic is generally the only issue. DS is very unusual because he wakes up smiling and happy. Most kids are pretty upset and disoriented when they come around but it passes fairly quickly.
The downside is that you can need repeat procedures. DD is now 6 and we are waiting to see what happens once her remaining grommet falls out. DS had multiple ear infections earlier this year but no problems at all since he got his grommets in early July. I won't be surprised if he needs a 3rd set eventually.
My mum has permanent hearing loss from multiple ear infections and perforations when she was a kid and I was on antibiotics continually for almost 3 years. I'm grateful my kids have better treatment available to them.
ETA: sorry forgot to mention we have PHI (thankfully) but I think otherwise it's about $5000 to go private (I'm in Sydney). The waiting list is a year long for public treatment and if I didn't have to I would prefer not to wait that long because their hearing is so important at that age.

Edited by kreme, 16 November 2012 - 11:24 AM.


#4 noi'mnot

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

Carmen02 - Thanks, but Clayton is a bit far for us (we're in the Northern burbs).

Thanks for the replies both of you, I really appreciate your stories.

We're lucky that we can pay the upfront fee, as we really don't want to wait and risk any affects to her development, even though it doesn't seem to be impacting her too much right now. I'm glad that the procedure doesn't have a lot of recovery involved, and that it's quite straightforward. I am concerned about her having to have them again later on, that would really suck, but of course it wouldn't suck as much as permanent hearing loss.

Again, I'm very grateful for your stories, and welcome any more that people have - I'm already starting to feel reassured! original.gif

#5 librablonde

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:53 PM

My DD got them when she was 3yo and I am still amazed that it was such an easy process. The operation took about 20 mins, she had a GA and woke up easily all smiling and totally fine. I was shocked at how cruisey she seemed about it all. She was fine afterwards and has been fine since with no ear infections or issues of any kind. She got her grommets in Feb this year.

#6 Life'sJuggle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

I was also nervous for my 4  yo daughter when she needed the surgery (had adenoids done at the same time) but it was a complete anti-climax.  One dose of panadol after the surgery and then nothing else required.  The annoyance was the ear plugs for the following year or more.
Our ENT was good, Theo Sdralis who has rooms in Doncaster and somewhere else (? Cranbourne).  You see him for follow-up for some time afterward so good to get one not too far from home.
Can't recall out of pocket expenses, it was a few years ago.
Good luck with it!

Edited by kdzf, 16 November 2012 - 12:57 PM.


#7 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE
What is the procedure like? How long does it take? What is the recovery time? Do they experience pain after the surgery?


I'm an adult with my 3rd set of grommets in, in under 2 years. I had them because I had ETD after jaw surgery and suffered hearing loss.

The procedure is really simple. I woke up with a little bit of discomfort - not painful - like the start of an ear infection, nothing that a little bit of panadol couldn't fix

One thing I do suggest to you - and those who have little ones that are about to have grommets - it takes about 2 weeks for your hearing to adjust to noises. It can also be uncomfortable with some noises as well. For me really 'low' noises eg Men's voices, buses going past - made me want to run away from the noise. Especially the first couple of days after the surgery - so try to avoid loud noises for a little bit as it does give you a headache.

So just be aware that your little one may be out of sorts whilst their hearing is adjusting.  You might even notice the noises that are irritating them.

Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 16 November 2012 - 01:52 PM.


#8 IsolaBella

Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

Andrew Hayes is our ENT.

dS2 had grommets put in just before his third birthday. Unfortunately even with grommets it was not until after he was 4 that we got a normal hearing test result.

Operation with adenoids out was straight forward. 2.30 pm op. screaming when he came out of anaesthetic but luckily DH realised it was not a pain cry and so told them not to give DS2 painkillers and whipped out his iPod and DS2 quickly quiet ended.

We were home by 5.30pm with ds2 spearing normal dinner and was happy next morning and went to daycare as usual. Never gave him any painkillers.






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.