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Perth researchers are trialling a new treatment that could help children with recurring serious ear infections also known as glue ear.

Perth mum, Arusha Pather, agreed to her son, Kamran, taking part in the trial. She says it takes a lot of her sons childhood away, because he was been left unable to interact and communicate with his parents. Repeated ear infections resulted in a thick glue building up in Kamran’s ear. Which has resulted in some hearing loss.

Ear infections can have a huge impact on children, especially if ongoing, as it can result in a glue ear – which causes a bacteria build up.

A medicine used to treat cystic fibrosis is being trialled to help reduce the “glue” in the middle ear.

Kamran’s Mum said after her son was treated the look on his face when he could actually hear music was simply amazing.

Glue ear can cause hearing loss and delayed language development.

If successful the treatment will mean fewer surgery’s and less antibiotic treatment for recurring infections.

Hopefully the study will be a huge success! Both my boys still complain with earaches. It can be very nasty.

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  • Wonderful development. Glue ear is such an issue for a lot of young children.

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  • Do hope this works – my grandchildren suffer with this and it’s horrible to see them suffer.

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  • Isn’t medicine amazing. Good on the researchers who continue to slog away in the background figuring out ways to improve our health.

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  • i have been pretty lucky, only two of my 3 have ever had an ear infetion and only the one time each. knock on wood. but my cousins suffered alot with it when they were little, and i get quite nasty ear aches from the wind even if its nt cold.

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  • I hope the results prove to be successful.

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  • Interesting !
    My daughter with Down Syndrome had grommets placed because of glue ear. Her hearing is greatly improved, her speech not yet.
    I don’t know if I would be happy with giving medication to such a little one.
    The use of hydrogen peroxide in the ear has also quite a good effect on glue ear and is a bit more innocent

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  • I know a little one who has had ear infections yet he has very sensitive hearing of some tones. Sometimes we are ignored but that may be selective hearing…either that or he doesn’t reply.

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  • This would have been a dream come true when my daughter was little. She was forever plagued by constant ear infections as a child

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  • How great that these children can finally hear and not have repeated ear infections, well done!

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  • Wishing the study 100% success! Sound’s wonderful!

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  • It would be fantastic, wouldn’t it? :-)

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