Our daughter has been seeing a chiropractor for the past month and she has not had an ear infection to date! As I’ve mentioned before she was getting ear infections almost every two weeks. As soon as she stopped taking her antibiotics another infection would surface. We are so happy that the chiropractic sessions are helping to alleviate these infections.
However, we had a little scare this past Monday, March 18, when she was pulling on her ears all day and crying. Clearly I thought to myself, “Great here comes the ear infection.” Luckily, to our surprise her pediatrician closely examined her ears and (sound the horns) she did not have an infection and the ears were clear!. When the pediatrician told me this I looked up at her and said, “Wow the Chiropractic sessions must be working!”! She gave me a look and shook her head.
Today we had an appointment with her ENT’s office to conduct an audiogram, which is a hearing test to how’s the softest sounds a person can hear at different pitches or frequencies. The results indicate that she does have a mild hearing loss as a result of fluid in the ear. The highest pitches were almost normal, but the lowest pitches were at the mild range. While I am disappointed in the results, I am not that surprised since she has a cold and with her history.
We have another appointment next Tuesday with her ENT to talk about what to do from here. As of right now, I don’t know what to do. It will all depend on the amount of fluid present and if the ear drum can move back and forth.
As I look back at the past few months of her suffering from these painful infections and knowing that she has been on five rounds of antibiotics, I am just waiting for the moment were I know that these infections and the built up fluid are now behind us. I believe that we will get there in the very near future and when that moment comes, when we know surgery is no longer an option or consideration, that her ears are continuing to drain, I will have a huge sigh of relief!
Until then, thank you to everyone for the thoughtful comments and even to those who disagree with the decision my husband and I have made for our daughter. I respect your opinion and views on such a debatable issue in the medical field.
For information on hearing loss in babies, please visit www.babyhearing.org.