caused by recurrent or persistent middle ear infections in young children may cause symptoms that look just like ADHD
In previous posts, we’ve discussed how any problem that interferes with a child’s hearing, vision, and other primary senses can cause any and all of the symptoms of ADHD causing him or her to be misdiagnosed as ADHD
. These problems are often referred to as “sensory processing disorders”
(SPD) and may be present from birth (primary) or acquired as the result of an infection, trauma or some other serious event (secondary).
To refresh your memory, anything that interferes with a child’s ability to interact properly with his or her surroundings-poor hearing-vision problems-touch sensory problems- can cause learning problems
and of course, a sensory deficit. For example, the child with what seems to be never-ending ear infections suffers hearing loss
and therefore a sensory processing disorder
because of the damage caused by persistent infection and pressure in his or her middle ear.
Young children with chronic middle ear infections
may sustain damage to the bones and nerves responsible for transmitting sound waves that hit the eardrum to the parts of the brain that interpret electrical impulses into what… Read the rest