Hearing Restored with Ear Tubes
Mandy Applegate was all too familiar with ear infections. Her four-year-old son, Carson, was experiencing at least four ear infections each year. Every cold or runny nose would lead to another infected ear. After a referral from a friend, Mandy decided to make an appointment with one of Olathe Medical Center's Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) doctors, David K. Hill, MD.
"My husband and I would often ask Carson questions, and he would always respond with ‘What?'" Mandy said. "We thought it was just Carson's way of avoiding the situation."
After evaluation by Dr. Hill and an audiologist, they determined that Carson had significant hearing loss in both ears due to fluid buildup. Dr. Hill said ear tube placement was necessary to alleviate the infections and the fluid pressure on Carson's eardrums.
"Dr. Hill and his audiologist were focused on making Carson feel comfortable and making it fun for him," Mandy said. "Dr. Hill was great communicating with me, although he spent a good part of the time talking directly to Carson."
Shortly after Carson's initial visit, Dr. Hill was able to perform the surgery without any issues. During Carson's follow-up appointment, Mandy learned that her son's hearing was completely back to normal.
"We've had the tubes for two months now and so far, no more ear infections! I would definitely refer any family and/or friends to Dr. Hill's office. He was amazing."