Paediatric hearing loss

 Nieto Hannah, Dearden James, Dale Stacey, Doshi Jayesh. Paediatric hearing loss BMJ 2017; 356 :j803

It is estimated 1 in 5 children of around 2 years will have been affected by glue ear and 8 in 10 will have been affected once or more by age of 10.

Key points:

  • Take paediatric hearing loss seriously, especially if neonatal screening has been missed
  • Conductive hearing loss is most commonly caused by glue ear, usually a transient disease
  • All children who have had bacterial meningitis should have a follow-up hearing test
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