We wish the answer was no. Unfortunately, sinus infections do cause a loss of hearing if left unchecked. Here’s what you need to know to protect your child.
Sinus Infections and Hearing Loss
Sinus deafness is a common problem even for adults. The sinus cavity and Eustachian tubes are close together. This means that a problem with the sinus cavity can easily make its way into the ears.
Kids get infections quicker and keep them longer due to the small size of their Eustachian tubes and sinus cavities. With less space, fluid won’t drain. Infection has a perfect breeding ground.
Parents should monitor their child’s sinus trouble, watching for tell-tale signs that an infection is present. Typical symptoms include headache, earache, and fever as well as congestion, coughing, and a runny nose. If the problem is chronic, lasting longer than eight weeks, this is a sure sign that intervention is needed. Delayed speech development is another red flag.
The good news is that any short-term deafness can be cured by the right defense against the infection. It’s important to act decisively to ensure that your child has their best chance of getting totally well from any sinus problem. Your Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat doctor can explain what combination of antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines will work best for your child.
Furthermore, you may want your child to be screened for allergies. This will allow you to prevent allergic reactions that may lead to sinus infections.
Top Tips to Protect Your Child From Sinus Infection Hearing Loss
Treat sinusitis early to prevent hearing loss
Return for check up to ensure treatment worked
Consider ear tubes if situation is chronic
Get tested and treated for allergies to head off sinus infections
Eliminate known allergens from your child’s home environment
Call Pediatric ENT for more information
Pediatric ENT can assess your child and help ensure that hearing loss isn’t permanent. Give us a call today.