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January 26, 2015

Speech Therapy helps with problems related to chronic ear infections


Michelle Pentz, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, relys on American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) to stay informed about the latest studies and supports for pediatric therapy.  She works regularly with kids with enlarged adenoids/tonsils and related recurrent ear infections, otherwise known as otitis media. 

Michelle describes how parents often bring their kids in for a speech therapy evaluation and describe a stuffy nose sound, picky eating, snoring and multiple inner ear tube placements.  All of these symptoms can be linked to otitis media. 

According to this ASHA article, there are signs that may indicate chronic or recurring fluid in the ear, even if there is no pain or fever:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Wanting the television or radio louder than usual
  • Misunderstanding directions
  • Listlessness
  • Unexplained irritability
  • Pulling or scratching at the ears

Read more about speech-language services related to ear infections here

Michelle Pentz and our other licensed speech therapists are available to share their expertise.  





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