Middle Ear Disease

me_mum__child_2Middle Ear Disease:

    • An ear infection / Acute Otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more prone than adults due to their very small facial structure and tubes. They are frequently painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids. Because these ear infections often clear up on their own, treatment may begin with managing pain with pain relief (analgesia; panadol/paediatric brufen) and monitoring the problem.
      Ear infection in infants and in severe cases in general will often require antibiotic medications. Signs and symptoms common in children include: Ear pain, especially when lying down, pulling at ear, difficult sleeping, high pitched crying, irritable, fever, poor appetite. Resolution time approx 2 weeks.


    • Otitis Media with effusion (Glue Ear) can occur more often than not after an acute episode where fluid remains in the middle ear. This fluid thickens and becomes mucoid (mucous). This is not infected and does not require antibiotics. The hearing is affected, (a conductive loss, not permanent) and will affect their speech and language development, overall behaviour and sleep. The normal course of OME is approximately
      8-12 weeks. Normal treatment is to monitor. Referral for grommets if persistent.


    • Otorrhoea (discharge) occurs sometimes from an acute episode of the above, or of there is a perforation in the tympanic membrane (eardrum). This needs to be seen in clinic for treatment under the microscope, swabbing or suctioning.


    • Grommets (Ventilation tubes) are surgically inserted into the tympanic membrane (eardrum) requiring a day surgery booking. Your doctor needs to refer you to the hospital or to a private ENT consultant.


  • Perforations (hole in the eardrum) can occur from an acute infection, or a chronic discharging grommet. A repair surgery cannot occur successfully until the eardrum has stopped growing; usually at about 9-10 years old.

Contact Details

Clinic Address :
Level 1; 139 Remuera Road,
Remuera, Auckland 1050
Parking: Entrance 3, Dilworth Avenue side of the building
Phone Kimberly: 09 834 4446
Email: Barbara.chopchop@gmail.com
Hours: 9am – 4pm,Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am -4pm; alternate Saturday Mornings 9am - 12pm (check on Ezybook or phone my booking clerk.)

My Charges are :
First visit: $55.00 / Gold Card First visit $50.00
Follow Up: $50.00
Children & University Students: $40.00