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#1 sydney75

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:00 PM

My son has been having ear infections 7 times the last 6months. He is 2.5. He got the hearing test done and i was told he hears us like as if its under water.

Ent Doctor has prescribed the steroid spray and also a saline spray for the next 10 weeks then he has to do another hearing test. He said the last resort would be surgery.

When would the ent doctor resort to surgery? Did the steroid spray helped your child so they didnt end up going for surgery? How long after seeing doctor did your child end up having surgery?

Edited by mercedez, 29 November 2012 - 05:11 PM.


#2 JaneLane

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

DS1 was having hearing problems from fluid in the ears and several ear infections. We had lots of trips to GPs and hearing tests before we were finally told to see an ENT.  He has just had his operation a couple of days ago, which was 2 weeks after we decided with the ENTs recommendation for grommets.  We were also told he would have been hearing things like being under water and his speech was off because of that and seeing a speech pathologist once a week. I can see some improvements already which is good. We didn't have the steroid sprays, just tried 2 weeks of strong antibiotics but it didn't help and his last hearing test before the op was worse and they strongly recommendated the grommet op ASAP

#3 Fossy

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

I raised concerns about my daughters hearing at her 2 year check, she was mispronouncing a lot of words and speaking in a muffled way.  She went for a hearing test, which showed reduced hearing in both ears.  She had fluid present so we were advised to come back in 4 weeks to see if it had cleared.  When we went back the fluid was still present and her hearing was still reduced.  They advised us to come back in 6 weeks, which I was not at all happy with.  I went to my gp and got a referral to the ent on a Friday, saw him on the following Tuesday, and she was operated on on the Thursday.  So less than a week.

After her operation the ent said it was one of the worst cases he'd seen, took him 3 times as long as normal to suction her ears, and he said he was surprised she could hear at all.

I was very glad I went with my instincts and didn't delay her receiving treatment.  We noticed an improvement in her hearing and speech straight away, and her vocabulary has just exploded.  It's wonderful to see.

Are you seeing an ent? I've never heard of a steroid spray so can't help there sorry.  

Good luck op,

#4 sydney75

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:22 PM

QUOTE (Fossy @ 29/11/2012, 05:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I raised concerns about my daughters hearing at her 2 year check, she was mispronouncing a lot of words and speaking in a muffled way.  She went for a hearing test, which showed reduced hearing in both ears.  She had fluid present so we were advised to come back in 4 weeks to see if it had cleared.  When we went back the fluid was still present and her hearing was still reduced.  They advised us to come back in 6 weeks, which I was not at all happy with.  I went to my gp and got a referral to the ent on a Friday, saw him on the following Tuesday, and she was operated on on the Thursday.  So less than a week.

After her operation the ent said it was one of the worst cases he'd seen, took him 3 times as long as normal to suction her ears, and he said he was surprised she could hear at all.

I was very glad I went with my instincts and didn't delay her receiving treatment.  We noticed an improvement in her hearing and speech straight away, and her vocabulary has just exploded.  It's wonderful to see.

Are you seeing an ent? I've never heard of a steroid spray so can't help there sorry.  

Good luck op,



Sorry i meant to say that the doctor i have been speaking to is a Ent doctor. The spray is called "nasonex".

#5 opethmum

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

My DD had grommets put in at 22 months, she did not walk very far if at all and she did not have much of a vocab. Within 24 hours she was walking and talking!! I would just go back to your Gp and get a referral to an ENT and get it done sooner rather than later and not waste time IMO with steroid sprays.
Good luck and I hope your DS gets some relief and soon.

#6 *little-rach*

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

My DD1 is having them put in on Monday. She has just turned 5 and has a mild speech delay and fluid in her middle ear.

We had her tested just after she was 2 (hearing) which showed a problem however the audiologist gave us terrible advice and so we didn't act on it.

In my gut I knew there was a problem so we took her to have a second hearing test this year, which showed there was still a problem. Then we got a referral to out ent and now she's booked in for Monday.

Her ent suggested the grommets straight away. I'm hopeful we will see results quickly after Monday.

Good luck

#7 DontKnow2015

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Have never been offered a spray.

We are up to round two of grommets with our daughter.  We have not had the immediate effects some of our friends did in our immediate friendship circle but we think there may be some undiagnosed problems not helping...

It is a fairly straight forward surgery...  I was out of hosptial 2 and half hours after it was done last time...

#8 sydney75

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

My ent doctor says we have to try the steroid spray first b4 resorting to surgery. I am so suprised no one here has had their ent specialist tell them about the spray.


#9 eachschoolholidays

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

DD had two sets and DS has just had a set put in.

No nasal spray  shrug.gif

After each child had their grommets inserted, the difference in temperament was astounding.  They went from clingy, whingy children to happy, independant children.  Definitely worth doing.

When you say an ENT doctor - is a doctor who has interest in ENT or an actual ENT specialist?  I ask because lots of the skins cancer clinics are not staffed by actual dermatologists but by GPs with some extra training.

#10 i-candi

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

DH had terrible problems with his ears and went to an ENT. With DH's job it involves going in an aircraft constantly so effectively he couldn't do his job and had many days off work.

The ENT wouldn't put grommets in as his ears were in too good of shape so prescribed Nasonex. He had to use Nasonex before each flight. This works for him, he doesn't use it all the time but when his ears are bad he uses it every day.

DS now uses Nasonex for his allergies (prescribed by a different doctor) and boy is it good stuff.

#11 Fossy

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:37 PM

I've heard of nasonex being used for allergies and rhinitis, not sure how it will help with recurrent ear infections or fluid.  It is sprayed up the nose.  Does your son have sinus issues?  Maybe that's what the nasonex is treating?

If you're concerned id get a second opinion.  I also would be wary about waiting 10 weeks for another hearing test, that it a very long time at such a young age.  Irreparable hearing damage can easily occur, we luckily avoided any but may not have if we waited 4 weeks for another hearing test.

Where are you located op?

Good luck.

#12 strawberry blondes

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

DD2 has been seeing various doctors over 4 years about her constant ear infections/ burst ear drums. Finally the last doctor agreed there was a problem and sent us to an ENT Dr, the ENT Dr was horrified at the damage done to her ears. Inside her ears are so damaged she has to lip read, she is almost deaf  sad.gif  Luckily she has only got 2 more months on the waiting list to get them sorted.

#13 ~Mo+Moosh~

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:56 PM

DS1 had recurring ear infections so we pushed for an ENT appointment. The ENT wasted no time booking him in for surgery and the effects were amazing. DS1 speech exploded and we've only had one ear infection in the last 4 years.

We were never offered a spray.



#14 katrina24

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

My eldest DD has had 3 sets of grommets and I feel like, in our case, it was the best thing we could have done for her.  We were never offered a spray.

#15 Wahwah

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:07 PM

We saw an ENT for nearly 2 years before the grommets went in. Our problem was recurring ear infections which caused temporary hearing loss. His actual hearing loss was mild in between this, and there were no speech problems.

The ENT was waiting to see whether the infections would become less frequent with age because my son had very narrow ear canals and drainage issues. The ENT thought as he grew we might have fewer problems.

However, 6 months before the start of school the grommets finally went in because we didn't want him starting school with hearing problems, even if they only lasted a couple of weeks at a time. In the 2 years since then he's had 3 ear infections, but would have had 4-5 times that amount without the grommets.

#16 Isolabella

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:42 PM

DS2 was a late talker and at 2.5yrs when he started talking more he sounded like he was talking underwater so I took him for a hearing test and he had moderate hearing loss in both ears.

We saw the ENT and he had grommets put in ( and adenoids out) at 2yrs 11m

Unlike PP it was not a magic fix. He did not get a normal hearing test result for over a year.... He was 4yrs then.

By this stage he had speech and language delays caused by his hearing loss which were causing social skill issues too.

We have spent $3k on speeches over the past 6m and he has progressed quickly. His comprehension which was at bottom 25% in Feb is mow in the top 86%. His expressive language which was in the severe delay in parts is now within normal range.

Weare still having to work on social issues with him and will continue on his speech to bring his expressive language being more consistent,

#17 EJ75

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

Two of my three kids have used nasonex but that was for adnoid issues not middle ear.  Ds2 had grommets and adnoid removal surgery 2 weeks ago due to chronic infections.  Our ENT didn't even bother with the nasonex for him.

I've never heard of nasonex been used to clear up ear infections.  

Good luck

#18 Maple Leaf

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:57 PM

DD had continual ear infections and speech issues. Also had glue ear. ENT waited for 6 weeks to see if the ears would clear on their own after the last infection but of course, they didn't.

We weren't offered a spray.

She had her op in July (grommets, tonsils and adenoids) just before she turned 3, and it's been an amazing change. He had to drain a ton of goop out of her ears, and her tonsils were massive. I'm so glad she had it done. She hasn't had an ear infection or bad cold since.

Edited by Maple Leaf, 30 November 2012 - 07:58 PM.


#19 Kalota

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

Since I was 5 years old (I am now 25) I have had about 12 grommet tube surgeries in my ears! I am an extreme case of course, but it is the ONLY thing that clears my ears of fluid and constant reinfection when it occurs (now very rarely as I am getting older). One of my cousins had the same genetic ear disorder as I did, and her mother chose NOT to have grommet surgery. Unfortunately, she had problems with her speech development as a child due to not being able to hear properly with the fluid never being released.

I am a strong advocator for grommets in the right situation! It is a very minor, harmless surgery.

#20 Carmen02

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

DD has used nasonex but that was due to severe hayfever/allergies. I would get grommets sooner rather then later, the wait and see approach caused my 1st born to miss out on alot of valueable hearing time and she became extremely behind in speech. DD is about to have her 9th set of grommets (shes 10yrs old has extremely weak ear drums) DS1 has had 3 sets his 8 and DS2 is 2yrs old he has just had his first set. The sooner the better so it doesnt affect speech. Its very easy fast surgery that children bounce back really fast, my 2yr old didnt require any pain relief at all.

#21 *-*

Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:19 AM

I think you need to have a chat to your ENT again.  I think he may be assessing adenoids as well, hence waiting for the nasal spray.

We have had 2 children on Nasonex here, for 3 different purposes.

1. Sinus infection.
2. Allergic Rhinitis
3. To help reduce the size of adenoids to assist with snoring/apnoea issues.

The snoring/Apnoea Child recently had his Tonsils & Adenoids removed, and grommets placed in.

It was a 12 month "wait" between spray and decision for surgery... then a week or two wait for surgery.

The 12 month wait, however, was my decision.  I didn't want to put him through surgery for no reason.

I can honestly say, I do not know a single person who had regretted getting grommets in.  When DD2 woke up from her op - She called out "Mummy, the Dr's turned my ears on" - My lord I felt awful!

eta - excuse spelling mistakes, half asleep here.

Edited by *~Katrina~*, 01 December 2012 - 12:20 AM.


#22 Isolabella

Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

As PP mentioned even with adenoids out and grommets in, my then nearly 3 yo didn't need any pain meds. Surgery was at 2.30 pm and by 5.30 pm he was home eating dinner. He went to daycare the next day ( he was begging to go ).






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