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Readers Respond: How Did You Discover Your Child Had Fluid in their Ears

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Updated September 30, 2010

Fluid in the ear is a very common but difficult condition to diagnose, especially in small children. It can exist sometimes without symptoms. My own daughter went for approximately two years with fluid in her ears before it was diagnosed. This despite many hearing tests and examinations. The fluid in her ears caused severe gross motors delays, and her speech development is still delayed. If only someone could have brought the possibility of fluid in her ears to my attention. Share how you discovered your child had fluid in their ears. Did a doctor discover it? Were their clues that helped you to get a diagnosis? Detect Fluid in the Ears

Diagonosed at 16 months

We had a problem with reoccuring fluid in the ears due to severe ear infections. At 16 months my son had 8 double ear infections in 7 months. They diagnosed him with chronic fluid due to ear infections. We finally had tubes put in last February and less then 4 months later he has made massive developmental leaps. Before he only knew 4 or 5 words and now he is actually starting to piece words together to make 2 - 3 word sentences. He no longer points and screams for what he wants, instead he will point and say please or ask for the item by name. I definantely suggest that if you have been told to "wait for it to clear up on it's own" don't, especially not when they are a young child or infant. It is not fair to them to be put through the constant pain that is involved.
—Guest Mommy of 1

Fluid in my left ear

I am 66yrs old . I have fluid in my left ear. This has been going off and on since last Sept. I have been to my Dr and they gave me nose spray. It helps sometimes. I have been to a ear nose throat Dr. I get the same thing from them that I get from my family Dr.
—Guest Barbara


I am having the same issues with my 20 month old son.Thank you all for sharing your stories!

Fluid in the Ear

I'm an adult, 55. I have fluid in the ear. At first I was very dizzy. I thought it was something else. Then I heard a popping in my ear like when your coming off a high mountain. It was really weird. I went to the doc and she gave me a nose spray that did take it away. But it comes back every 3-4 mo.
—Guest Gayle

signs of fluid in ears

Violent shaking of head from left to right, rocking back & forth while sitting down...
—Guest I. martin

Fluids or Autism?

My son is 3years 8 months old now. He doesnt talk yet & walks a lot on tiptoes. He has seen 3 of the best doctors from St Lukes Hospital in Philippines, KK Children Hospital in Singapore & now here in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins. Philippines said he has hearing loss & recommended hearing aids. Singapore said it was behavior problem at first, then we insisted on hearing test (ABR) then they found fluids & placed tubes. They apologized for the mistake of not seeing the fluids right away. Now we are in Johns Hopkins, dev ped said that even with hearing loss our son's development should not be that delayed therefore he has mild autism. After reading the statements from other parents above, I strongly feel that my son has fluids in his ear & will make sure that we find the right ENT to help us remove it. We are now waiting for his turn for the surgery & hopefully they will remove the fluids completely & that he will start talking & walking completely feet flat.
—Guest Abi


I found out I (being a kid) I had fluid in my ears when I started feeling a pain in just my left ear. Man. Ouch! We don't know what we're going to do about it though, so, I just want to say If you lose hearing some and have ear pain, you have this accursed thing called fluid in your ear!
—Guest The kid this is about


My son was diagnosed about three months ago with autism and was placed in a special autistic daycare at the age of 2. I went to a neurologist and psychologist and they both gave the same response, my son is autistic! I was the only one that couldn't accept the diagnosis. My husband and friends told me I was in denial and that I was setting myself for disappointment but I just wouldn't hear it! What every professional failed to tell me is that you should always get a hearing test done before you diagnose but I was far past that already. My son was in an autistic daycare and labeled a handicapped child. I took him to the ear, throat and nose doctor and was informed that my son had the maximum amount of fluids possible and that his hearing is that of a person under water. Today I am currently waiting for the surgery and am very hopeful for some good news and improvement through out what I call the worst 3 months of my life, but what I can say is that the label of autism was thrown out the window.
—Guest omri

To Guest JacquiS

My daughter kept passing the tympanometry exam even though she DID have fluid. It is not a very reliable test and, in fact, if your child screams, talks, swallows, yawns, or hiccups during the test it will be inaccurate. The only way you are going to know for sure that there is no fluid is to take him to a well qualified ear, nose and throat doc. Many inner ear disorders causes balance problems but holes in the eardrums? Not impossible but not as likely as other conditions. To be safe you should rule it out. Just get him to a good doctor. If you're already going to an ENT get a second opinion. Like I said, my daughter had all the tests, the audiology exams, everything, but it wasn't until I took her to an ENT with 30 years of experience that the problem was finally revealed. My daughter had also never had an ear infection and passed normal hearing exams. The problem is that your ears can be fine but your ability to process sound can be impaired, it takes rare and advanced testing to determine this. Not to alarm you but I feel passionately about telling you not to let this wait. My daughter's current diagnosis is autism. More and more research has linked ear infections and fluid in the ear to autism. Theoretically children who have an autistic genetic tendency will develop autism if their is a disruption in a sensory apparatus at a crucial time in development. For example, my daughters trigger was SOM at the exact time she should have been developing language skills. The delayed diagnosis only made things worse. I hope this helps and that everything's okay, just trust your instincts and don't stop trying until you get some answers :)

Something other than fluid?

My 3 & a half year old has regularly failed the tympanography tests. His hearing is at normal level, although he does seem to fall over for no reason indicating a balance problem. His maternal grandmother had holes in her eardrums so I'm wondering whether it's possible that my son's continual failing of the tympanography test is something other than fluid. Any feedback would be appreciated.
—Guest JacquiS

Just diagnosed

My two-year-old son has just been diagnosed with fluid behind his eardrums but has never had an ear infection. It explains why his language development is slower and why he loses his balance at lot too. He originally went for a tonsil examination.
—Guest Merith

Ear fluid

My son today was told after a tympanogram showed a result Type C in his right ear and a Type B in his left ear. Its March 3 now and starting in October he had 3 infections through out the next 3-4 months, then a really bad strep infection in January. We went to Urgent care or another provider in his doctors office. So I recommend seeing the PRIMARY provider #1 and than watch and trust your instincts!! Tell the doctor that you think more is going on!! MY son has slowed in his speech development--harder to understand, hasn't been himself, and hitting at his ears and covering them when its loud or chaotic. I was CMA--now just could be MA---but going back to school for LPN--so its hard to realize something's really wrong.

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