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What does a failed hearing test mean for a 5 year old?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If the test was done at school it may mean that the child has fluid behind the eardrum decreasing hearing or may have wax in the ear blocking hearing.
When children fail such a test we want to see them as the most common reason is one of the above. If all is clear then an ENT or formal hearing test with an audiologist may be needed. Usually not a serious problem. See your doc.

In brief: Depends
If the test was done at school it may mean that the child has fluid behind the eardrum decreasing hearing or may have wax in the ear blocking hearing.
When children fail such a test we want to see them as the most common reason is one of the above. If all is clear then an ENT or formal hearing test with an audiologist may be needed. Usually not a serious problem. See your doc.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Need eval
If the test was in a physicians office i assume the problem need further evaluation by ent.
If audiolgy or ascholl screening could be ear wax , eustachian tube dysfunction , or ear drum infection will need evaluation.

In brief: Need eval
If the test was in a physicians office i assume the problem need further evaluation by ent.
If audiolgy or ascholl screening could be ear wax , eustachian tube dysfunction , or ear drum infection will need evaluation.
Dr. David Hicks
Dr. David Hicks
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: While pursuing the
recommended evaluations by a pediatric ENT specialist & a pediatric audiologist, request preferential seating in KG with the better-hearing ear toward the teacher if unilateral hearing loss or close to the teacher if bilateral.
Make sure you & the teacher understand the degree of hearing loss & its effect on speech reception thresholds. Request a "Section 504" for classroom modifications.

In brief: While pursuing the
recommended evaluations by a pediatric ENT specialist & a pediatric audiologist, request preferential seating in KG with the better-hearing ear toward the teacher if unilateral hearing loss or close to the teacher if bilateral.
Make sure you & the teacher understand the degree of hearing loss & its effect on speech reception thresholds. Request a "Section 504" for classroom modifications.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Failed hearing test
Was this hearing test done as a screening at school or your child's doctor or by an audiologist? Sometimes with nasal congestion, fluid fills the middle ear space to reduce hearing ability.
This typically self-resolves. If the screening was done at school or dr's i would recommend reck at the drs' office in 2 months. If the screening was done at audiologist then ENT referral should be considered.

In brief: Failed hearing test
Was this hearing test done as a screening at school or your child's doctor or by an audiologist? Sometimes with nasal congestion, fluid fills the middle ear space to reduce hearing ability.
This typically self-resolves. If the screening was done at school or dr's i would recommend reck at the drs' office in 2 months. If the screening was done at audiologist then ENT referral should be considered.
Dr. Kelly Kane
Dr. Kelly Kane
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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Fluid and wax
Most common reasons for a child to fail a hearing test are ear wax blocking the ear canals and fluid in the middle ear. The first step is to have his/her ears checked by the pediatrician/family physician.

In brief: Fluid and wax
Most common reasons for a child to fail a hearing test are ear wax blocking the ear canals and fluid in the middle ear. The first step is to have his/her ears checked by the pediatrician/family physician.
Dr. Jenny Sung
Dr. Jenny Sung
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