The long-term effects of ear infections on development

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The long-term effects of ear infections on development

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In this episode, we explore how chronic ear infections, often treated with antibiotics, may disrupt not just the gut but the delicate inner workings of the auditory system.

I’ll take you through a pivotal case that led me to investigate the importance of sound perception in children and how certain aversions could be a signal of deeper issues. We’ll delve into the critical early years when our children’s sensory motor systems are taking shape and discuss both the wonders and the potential hiccups in their development.

Hearing sensitivities and frequency irritations can significantly influence a child’s developmental path, and we’ll discuss how tools like tuning forks and cranial nerve tests help us understand these challenges.

We’ll touch on the concept of dominance and mixed laterality, and how imbalances in sensory input can lead to anxiety and hinder classroom performance.

Our discussion will outline how various factors, including those from pregnancy and birth, play a role in shaping the journey of a child’s neurological development. I will share insights from my clinical work, focusing on the coordination of the eyes, ears, and vestibular system in our “triangle of development” program, and emphasize the importance of a tailored approach to treatment.

As always, we invite you to visit the Connect My Brain website, take advantage of our eSchool, and explore our app (coming soon!) to support your child’s growth every step of the way.

Don’t miss this enriching discussion on the foundations of hearing and development, with insights on how to enhance your child’s journey to a healthy brain. Remember, it’s not just about growth; it’s about connecting all aspects of our children’s development for their brightest future.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The connection between chronic ear infections, the use of antibiotics, and the impact on gut health
  • The significance of early auditory development, starting in utero
  • Milestones that mark a child’s journey toward clear communication and language skills
  • Potential benefits of chiropractic care for ear infections
  • The importance of proper assessment and individualized interventions for children’s neurological development

Key takeaways:

  1. Chronic ear issues in early childhood can have lasting effects on how children process sound, possibly leading to sensory challenges and language development delays.
  2. Availability of tools such as tuning forks, cranial nerve tests, and lateralization assessments can detect early discrepancies in sound preference and processing, allowing for timely interventions.
  3. Understanding and monitoring developmental milestones from prenatal stages is crucial to support optimal sensory motor system growth and prevent possible setbacks in learning and emotional well-being

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Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you are the parent of a developmentally delayed child then you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.


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