I'm hoping that some moms of toddlers with ear tubes can chime in here. My DS had six ear infections in 4 months before we finally got ear tubes put in 2.5 weeks ago. He had his follow up appointment with the ENT yesterday and they tested his hearing and it was within normal ranges, although just barely normal in one ear, but they said that could also be because he was just distracted and didn't want to sit still. His hearing was not tested before he got his tubes other than his newborn screening (normal).
Before his surgery, he did not say any words. He said dadada all the time, but not to anything in particular. At his one year appointment (before his tubes), the pedi wanted him to have one word, but he didn't really have one (sometimes he says "da" more emphatically around the dog, but we weren't sure about whether he really knew what it meant). He didn't say mama or dada discriminately. She said maybe the tubes would help. Well, since he got tubes, he has been babbling a lot more. And we think he says "hello" now, when he waves. And at daycare they said that they hear him babbling a lot more and making more different sounds, too.
So, I was just wondering if anyone else had this experience, too. Anybody had a chronic ear infection kid who just was NOT interested in talking, and after tubes, their language took off? I am hoping that is what is happening for us!