She examined his upper respiratory tract with an endoscope to confirm that there is no blockages that could have caused the poor oxygen levels during his last hospital stay. The only thing of note found in this endoscopy was the confirmation of his laryngomalacia.
Examination of the ears revealed a stenosis (extra narrow path) of the external ear canals and a chronic inflammation of the ear drum due to fluid build-up in the middle ear. [Previously in this blog I referred to this inflammation fluid as "otitis media" but I was told that that was an incorrect term.] Inserting grommets is still recommended as an attempt to resolve this inflammation (and associated conductive hearing loss). We were warned that because of the copious secretions in his throat, we may find that his ears may leak like his nose does. This is a potential infection risk that may require frequent ear drops.
We also discussed other procedures that could be done under the same GA:
- PEG insertion
- CT scan
- ABR test
We have another Australian Hearing appointment on Tuesday 3/4/2007 which I believe will be an opportunity to fit hearing aids.