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Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children

 

Date: 28/07/2015


For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Southampton.

For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Southampton.

The study is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

It is very common for young children to develop otitis media with effusion (OME), also known as ‘glue ear’, in which the middle ear fills with thick fluid that can affect hearing development. There are frequently no symptoms, and parents often seek medical help only when hearing difficulties occur.

“Unfortunately, all available medical treatments for otitis media with effusion such as antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants and intranasal steroids are ineffective and have unwanted effects, and therefore cannot be recommended,” says co-author Dr Ian Williamson from Primary Care and Population Sciences at the University of Southampton.

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Source: University of Southampton

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