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My ten year old daughter, born three month premature, at the age of 18 months was fitted with bilateral hearing aids and gromits - as was thought to be profoundly deaf. However later it was discovered she had normal hearing in her right ear but fluid behind the left ear drum. After 10 years of attending ENT I finally managed to persuade them to remove her enlarged tonsils which were deeply infected and preventing her from breathing/sleeping properly. For two weeks after tonsil op hearing returned to left ear as all the fluid had managed to drain away. Then her ear began to get painful again seeping discharge & blood. A perforation was spotted in her left ear drum. For the last four months she has been on course after course of antibiotics and yesterday her ear began bleeding profusely and large blood clots were expelled. I believe one of the gromits fitted could be still in the ear, causing the repeated infections, could this be possible? Hearing returned briefly whilst ear bleeding


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replied March 10th, 2009
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The ear grommet is easily visible when examining the ear. Therefore, the possibility that the doctor omitted the ear grommet is minimal. More likely is that the bleeding from the ear is caused by the prolonged infection that might be already damaging some of the ear structures. Luckily, the damage does not affect the parts of the ear that are important for hearing.
However, you might want to ask for a second opinion and ear exam from another ear, nose and throat specialist.


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