Children at Risk for Ear Problems – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

Hi, I’m Doctor Rodney Lusk, Director of the
Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat Institute. The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that eighty percent of children
will I have at least one ear infection by age 3 and nearly one hundred percent of
children will have had an ear infection by age 5. We also know that there are factors
which put children at risk for developing problems related to persistent otitis media.
Examples of children considered to be at risk include; hearing
loss independent of otitis media,
suspected or confirmed speech language delay, autism-spectrum disorder, syndromes such
as Down syndrome or craniofacial disorders, blindness or uncorrectable visual
impairment, cleft palate with or without associated
syndromes, and developmental delay. All children
with persistent otitis media are already at risk of: poor school performance, behavioral
problems, lack of attention, hyperactivity behavior, poor socialization, poor reading skills
and vocabulary, difficulty understanding speech in noisy
environments like the classroom. Ear infections are the most common
illnesses that affect children. They have greater complications in
children who are at risk. If your child has a condition listed in
this video please monitor the ear pain and infections
closely with your physician. For more information and videos on
pediatric ear, nose and throat problems please visit

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