The Dragonfly Story

Types of Conductive Hearing Loss / Otitis Media

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Let’s look at how a blockage in the eustachian tube can lead to the three main types of OM.  As we saw earlier when a child is suffering from a cold or some other form of prosperity illness, swelling may cause a blockage in the eustachian tube, preventing ventilation and drainage of the middle ear cavity.  This can result in fluid building up behind the ear drum in the middle ear.  When this happens quickly, that is over a few days, it’s known as Acute Otitis Media.

The physical symptoms of OM may include high temperature, discharge, smelly ears, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea. Some of the symptoms of OM may include irritability, poor appetite, sleeping disturbances, frustration, anger, and pain or ear ache. These symptoms may be confused in very young children as part of a teething problem or post immunisation fevers and as a consequence it’s very easy for OM to go undetected in infants and young children. If this happens, OM may not be diagnosed until the child is older and is presents with other signs and symptoms. In some cases the Acute OM, the ear drum may burst resulting in a discharge from the ear.  Usually once the ear has drained the hole will heal over.