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(From The Times of India)
Byline: Johnson T
BANGALORE: When seven-year-old Radha frequently failed to respond to questions in class, her teacher labelled her a dullard. The truth was Radha had often not heard the question. Following an untreated middle ear infection in early childhood, Radha had a fluid collection in her ear causing a partial, undetected hearing loss.
Otitis Media or infection of the middle ear affects at least two-thirds of all children before the age of one. By the time they are three-year-olds, nearly 50 per cent have had at least three infections, say international statistics.
The incidence in India has increased in the …