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Fluid may remain in the middle ear (serous otitis, or middle ear
effusion) after your child has an ear infection. This may not cause symptoms,
or it may cause a muffling of sound, decreased hearing, and mild discomfort.
The body usually reabsorbs fluid behind the eardrum within 2 to 4 months, and
hearing returns to normal.
It may be hard to tell if a child has a hearing problem, especially
children age 3 and younger. The following may help you check your child's
hearing at age:
Your child may have a hearing problem if he or she is not responding
to voices or sounds as well as in the past and other symptoms of a cold or ear
infection have gotten better or gone away.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerCharles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
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