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Hi, my daughter has various problems which have caused eustacian tube dysfunction. She's had glue ear all her life (she's 8) and constant 'wet' ears and infection after infection, to the point where they're immune to most antibiotics. She's been diagnosed with cholesteatoma in both ears following recent surgery to clean her ears (again). They were going to put grommets in (again!) but spotted the cholesteatomas and so she now needs mastoidectomy and tympanoplasty in both ears. Because she's so young, they weren't keen to do a CT scan (she would need sedated and they feel it would be unnecessary radiation exposure, which I agree with), so this means we don't know the extent of the cholesteatomas until they actually do the operations. Because she needs operations in both ears, I'm worried about her hearing afterwards. I've seen many people have reduced hearing, and if that applies to her in both ears I'm presuming she'll need hearing aids. It's not the end of the world, and I'm not horrified by it, but if anyone has hearing aids afterwards, are they external, or do they have to be bone anchored/cochlear implants?
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