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Audiologist issues misdiagnosis warning

Tuesday 18th November 2008
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An audiologist has issued a warning over the potential misdiagnosis of a common hearing condition that can be mistaken for bad manners in children.

Vicki Kirwin, from the National Deaf Children's Society, said that youngsters who are perceived to be behaving in a difficult fashion may in fact be suffering from a disorder known as glue ear.

According to the expert, as many as a fifth of children aged between one and three will experience the problem this winter, the Birmingham Mail reports.

She said: "It is essential that parents, teachers and any other professionals in contact with children know how to spot the signs of glue ear in children."

The expert went on to say that, while most instances of the condition clear up relatively quickly of their own accord, severe versions can remain for longer and can affect the ability of sufferers to communicate with and understand others.

Also known as secretory otitis media, otitis media with effusion, or serous otitis media, glue ear is a condition that causes fluid to build up in the middle ear.

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