clfost asks:

None of my son's doctors have caught on to his eye, ear and speech problems.  Why.

My son has had problems since birth, asthma chronic ear infections, tubes x 2, perforated eardrums, strabismus with surgery twice and he has always been hard to understand when he is speaking.  Early speech therapy evaluation when he was very young put him at a normal speech level.  Now at age 24 he is still having eye, ear and speech problems despite everything.  Unless he speaks slowly and concentrates we cannot understand what he's saying.  None of his doctors have caught on to this. Why?
In Topics: Speech or language impairment, Medical problems
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Aug 30, 2008
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What the Expert Says:

Certainly I cannot answer why his doctors have not cought on in 24 years; however, through is school/job he may have insurance to cover an evaluation now by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose throat doctor) and/or an adult speech therapist.

It would be worth his while to re visit his speech.  If you have trouble with understanding expressive language, his friends must also.

Good luck.

Wayne A. Yankus, MD, FAAP
experta panelist:  pediatrics

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