An expert in ear, nose and throat (ENT), Dr Dayo Bamigboye, on Thursdayadvised that the right treatment of children’s ear infection will prevent hearing impairment.
Dr. Bamigboye, who works with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, gave the advice in an interview with the press.
The Otolaryngologist said that it was necessary to treat ear infection, because it had the tendency to recur. “But, the most important thing about ear infection is the tendency to recur and that is where the appropriate treatment comes in.
“What is significant about recurrence, because it tends to in the long run impair hearing and the fact that it impairs the middle ear’s transmission mechanism of sound.
“So, usually, we will advise that for every child that has had an ear infection, it should be appropriately evaluated and properly treated.
“Otherwise, haphazard treatment will still lead to hearing impairment which will not be obvious today. “But, in the next 10 to 15 years, the person now presents with a kind of hearing impairment that we call conductive hearing losses. “The significance of that comes when it tends to impair on either education or the person’s job.“So, ear infection should, apart from being treated, ensure that it is appropriately treated.
“One of the ways to also check is to do a hearing check after an infection for the person.”