Something not quite right? Your child could be experiencing fluctuating conductive hearing loss.

A simple hearing test at Gippsland Audiology can determine whether your child is experiencing FCHL, and lead to an appropriate action plan.

Fluctuating Conductive Hearing Loss (FCHL) often occurs in pre-school and young children due to a blockage in the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear with the back of the nose.

The air in the middle ear cavity is absorbed and replaced by fluid which can become thick and “glue-like”, hence the term “glue-ear”. In some cases a middle ear infection can develop.

Book a hearing test today if your child is experiencing the following signs & symptoms:

  • Delayed speech and language development
  • Deteriorating speech
  • Not responding to soft speech, when called from another room or when there is background noise around
  • Saying “pardon” often
  • Liking loud TV volume, but hating sudden / unexpected loud noises, eg; vacuum cleaners, dogs barking, shouting
  • Watching faces intently during conversation
  • Complaining of “noises” in ears, especially at night when quiet
  • Not remembering instructions
  • Shouting or whispering while speaking
  • Bursts of “naughtiness”
  • Clumsiness
  • Lacking in concentration
  • Difficulties at school
  • Distracting other class mates and being easily distracted
  • Copying other children in class

A Common Condition

Almost every child under two years will have at least one episode of middle ear fluid with conductive hearing loss, while many will suffer recurrent episodes.

Meanwhile one out of three primary school age children will have some degree of conductive hearing loss at any given time, affecting learning and behaviour.

Fluctuating Conductive Hearing Loss Can Return

If you suspect a hearing loss you are probably right. Even if a previous hearing test revealed normal hearing and middle ear function, get your child’s hearing tested AGAIN if you are still concerned.

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