A 2 year old boy who was struggling to hear

Alfie’s parents noticed that Alfie was sometimes struggling to hear them and he was suffering with recurring colds and ear aches. They were also concerned that his snoring during sleep was affecting his breathing. They decided to approach Mr Patel for help.

Boy sees ENT London Consultant - case study

Who

Two year old boy

Problem

Alfie’s parents noticed that Alfie was sometimes struggling to hear them and he was suffering with recurring colds and ear aches. They were also concerned that his snoring during sleep was affecting his breathing.

Diagnosis

Alfie and his parents came to see Mr Patel at the Lister Hospital. Mr Patel was able to fully examine Alfie’s ear, nose and throat and identified that the tonsils and adenoids were significantly enlarged. This was causing Alfie to be intermittently obstructing his breathing during sleep. At ear examination, Alfie was found to be suffering with otitis media with effusion (OME) otherwise known as glue ear. This build-up of fluid in the middle ear was the primary course of the impaired hearing. At the same appointment, Alfie underwent hearing tests to determine the extent of the hearing loss and Mr Patel explained that Alfie’s hearing was impaired to such extent, it would have felt like trying to hear sounds under water. Mr Patel thoroughly discussed with Alfie’s parents, the hearing results as well as all of the options for treatment for the tonsils, adenoids and glue ear.

Treatment

Two weeks later, Mr Patel performed an operation at the Harley Street Clinic, removing Alfie’s tonsils and adenoids. He inserted grommets into Alfie’s ears to drain away the fluid from the middle ear and allow the ear drums to work normally.

Dr Bernard Norman, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist looked after Alfie throughout the operation. Dr Norman is highly accomplished at making sure each child and their parents are comfortable and relaxed with every step of the procedure. The operation lasted less than twenty minutes and within two hours, Alfie was sitting up in the hospital bed, eating and drinking and playing with his toys.

Outcome

Mr Patel sees Alfie for regular hearing tests and check-ups to monitor the grommets and overall speech and developmental progress of Alfie following the treatment.

Mr Patel performed an operation at the Harley Street Clinic, removing Alfie’s tonsils and adenoids. He inserted grommets into Alfie’s ears to drain away the fluid from the middle ear and allow the ear drums to work normally.