Fluid may remain in the middle ear (serous otitis, or middle ear
effusion) after your child has an ear infection. This may not cause symptoms,
or it may cause a muffling of sound, decreased hearing, and mild discomfort.
The body usually reabsorbs fluid behind the eardrum within 2 to 4 months, and
hearing returns to normal.
It may be hard to tell if a child has a hearing problem, especially
children age 3 and younger. The following may help you check your child's
hearing at age:
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerCharles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology