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Dr. Y. Vasavada, Pediatrician
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Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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My son is 18 months and diagnosed with glue ear last month. I

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My son is 18 months and diagnosed with glue ear last month.
I have concerns that he doesn't wave or point (he does clap, likes cuddles, smiles, good eye contact etc etc) he will sometimes point to the dog when he's in his high chair but that's it. He doesn't really have any way of communicating with us. He's always been late hitting milestones (rolling, sitting, crawling etc)
Can any of this by answered by his hearing loss is is it more likely to be something else. I'm having no luck getting referrals because my HV has no concerns because he smiles!! please help, finding it difficult to find info on delayed communication skills (other than talking) on toddlers with glue ear. He also mouths a lot of objects, could this be sensory seeking as he cant hear?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Paediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Y. Vasavada replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
Sorry about this issue. One can do crude hearing tests like ringing bell unseen by him and see if he turns head, etc. Also reaction to loud incidental noise like startle.
Hearing impairment is not likely to come in way of acquiring other skills like pointing at things etc. Also please continue to talk, sing to him, frequently changing sides of his face, to find out if he has better hearing on one side as compared to other.
Many boys are late in speech even genetically as compared to girls.

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