Often this is not a long-term problem, and as the cold subsides the hearing can return to normal without any intervention needed. However, in some cases ‘glue ear’ can be a recurring issue requiring regular monitoring, and appropriate treatment options such as the use of effective communication tactics, ‘grommet surgery’ and/or hearing aids.
Other causes of childhood hearing loss can be permanent in nature either due to genetic and/or acquired diseases. This usually manifests quite early on and is often picked up by hearing tests performed in the hospital before babies are discharged as well as during primary school hearing screens. A summary of the most common causes of childhood hearing loss are as follows: