10th August 2015

Speech, Hearing and Grommets

Little Man is now 4 and will be starting school in September. For a little while I have been worried about his speech as he is unable to pronounce certain sounds. I called the Health Visitor up and she advised that he goes for a hearing test to check he can actually hear OK. The appointment came and I wasn’t worried at all, he was excited as I had explained what he would have to do.

We were taken into a sound proof room and the lady was lovely, she really made Little Man at ease and explained all she was going to do. After the test she explained to me she thought he had glue ear which would need a referral to the hospital. She advised his hearing wasn’t too bad but was slightly down on what it should be.

We received the referral and it was the end of October I wasn’t really shocked as I knew we would have to wait a while. We decided to go private as we have Bupa. Within a week we had been seen and the consultant advised that yes he had glue ear and would need grommets. He is now booked in to have the operation at the start of October and being private it is done on a Saturday morning which is great as Little Man will have started school. I have been advised he will need the Monday off but he should then be fine to go back on the Tuesday.

So I obviously have the same concerns as any parent about their child being put to sleep. However I know he has to have this done to help his speech. I have been told that he will be asleep around 20 minutes maximum.

Has your child been through this? Can you give me any advice at all on how to handle it all.


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6 responses to “Speech, Hearing and Grommets”

  1. Hello – Both my boys have had grommets. My eldest had them when he was 2 and hasn’t needed them since, he woke up from the operation and kept saying “whats that” (aeroplane, lorry) ..heightened hearing. My now 3 year old has had two sets of grommets, the operations were fine each time, the worst bit for me was the anaesthetic but they were fine, be brave (then have a little weep if you need to when they are asleep). x

    • Thank you so much for your comment. I really need to stop worrying as I know its a pretty straight forward operation. Ill prob cry my eyes out till I am back with him. As you say I need to be brave for him. x

  2. Katie Reed says:

    I’ve already shared our experience with you. Ours was definitely made worse because he was TERRIFIED of having his ears touched because our GP had burst both his ear drums a few months previously while giving him a really rough cleaning. It made it all worse. But if he’s had good experiences with doctors and hasn’t had any real problems with his ears, he will handle it like a champ. 🙂 It is definitely harder for the parents than for the child. Sending strength!

    • Yes thank you so much katie. you were one of the first to share your experience with me and put my mind at ease. As you say i do think its harder for us Mums as the little ones don’t realise what is happening really. oh no that sounds really painful bless him. Lucky we have had all good experiences and his consultant seems really nice. xx

  3. When my daughter was little, she had problems with her speech, but nobody took me seriously. They said it was because I was a lone parent, so she didn’t hear enough conversation! When she went to school and her teacher said there was a problem, they finally listened, but by then, she was starting to grow out of it naturally. It had already caused problems for her at school though and it took a long time for her to catch up. I’m very glad to hear you are able to get the right treatment. It will be a worry for you, of course, but worth it in the long run. 🙂

    • Its a massive worry, not only him having the operation but the worry of if other kids are nasty to him in the mean time. I guess once you have kids there is always something to worry about hey. Thanks for your comment its so nice to read other people experiences. xx

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