Ear problems are common in individuals with Down syndrome. A primary care physician should be aware of the problems caused by Down syndrome, but an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor may be needed to properly diagnose and treat ear problems associated with Down syndrome. Here are the most common ear problems seen with people who have Down syndrome:
1. Narrow Ear Canals
Narrow ear canals occur in many people with Down syndrome. They can make it difficult to see the ear drum, which increases the difficulty of diagnosing middle ear problems or infection. Proper cleaning by an ENT physician or the use of Comfort Ear™ Natural Moisturizer can clean out the ears and help ensure the proper examination and diagnosis of middle ear drum disease.
2. Excessive Wax Buildup
People with Down syndrome have narrow ear canals, which often leads to excessive wax buildup. Comfort Ear™ Natural Moisturizer is a gentle moisturizing solution that can make it easier to remove the excess wax. It is both drug and alcohol free, making it safe for sensitive and tender ears.
3. Chronic Ear Infections
The facial anatomy of people with Down syndrome makes them more likely to have chronic ear disease. Upper airway infections, low muscle tone, and allergies can cause bacteria to be trapped in the small tube (the eustachian tube) that goes from the middle ear to the back of the nose. Trapping bacteria in this tube can cause ear infections and fluid retention. If a child suffers from chronic problems with this tube, an ENT doctor might recommend the insertion of tubes into the ear that let air into the middle ear to keep the pressure normal.
4. Hearing Loss
People with Down syndrome should have a hearing test every year.
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