Ear care in children is critical for all stages of development.
- Does your child have a history of fluid in the ears or ear infections?
- Does your child produce speech sounds incorrectly?
- Does your child deal with lots of ear wax?
What you need to know:
It is imperative for good speech, social skills, and the maturity of your child that ears remain clear of infection, wax, or any kind of fluid.
When a child has fluid in the ears, it is like the child is under water.
Ear Infections, Fluid, or Wax can cause low auditory sequential processing ability and in more extreme cases, hearing loss.
Why do we care about auditory sequential processing ability?
Maturity level and behavior are so closely associated with the child's auditory processing ability. A low auditory sequential processing ability causes many symptoms that keep kids stuck. It is also difficult for children with low auditory sequential processing to get all the pieces to phonics and math. Low auditory processing creates issues with focusing. Social skills are greatly impacted by auditory sequential processing ability.
The total amount of time your child deals with fluid in the ears, could be a direct correlation to a delay in maturity. That means that if a child had to deal with either ear infections, fluid, or wax for two years, there may be a two year delay in some of their development.
Good airflow is critical for your child's development. Infections, fluid, or wax build up create inefficient air flow.
How can you find out if there is good airflow in the ears? Tympanogram. What is a tympanogram?
Healthline.com explains it well:
"Tympanometry provides a way, along with a physical exam, for doctors to diagnose and monitor problems with the middle ear. It can help with diagnosing disorders that can lead to hearing loss, especially in children.
The test measures your ear's response to both sound and pressure. The results are recorded on a graph called a "tympanogram."
The test can tell the doctor if you have:
- fluid in your middle ear
- otitis media (ear infection)
- a perforation (tear) in the eardrum
- a problem with the Eustachian tube (tube that links the upper part of the throat and nose with the middle ear)
To chronicle how much fluid a child has in their middle ear over time, tympanometry can be performed every few weeks for several months."
So, you want to make sure that your child's ears are clear so that they have every opportunity to have good auditory sequential processing ability.
You may be asking, what happens when the ear infections and fluid or wax was a problem years ago but the social skills, reading, math, or behavior is a problem now.
Don't lose heart. There are ways to increase your child's auditory sequential processing ability. You can do it right there at home in short snippets of time each day.
This is just one of the many critical child development things every parent needs to know that we cover in our online classes and private coaching. Contact us for more information at MarchForthFamily@gmail.com