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Ear Infections, Grommets, and Mental Health

In my practice, I have met many children and adults who either experience or report chronic ear infections or grommets.

So, this got me thinking... why?

The Polyvagal Theory suggests that the middle ear muscles play a role in regulating the body's response to stress and promoting feelings of safety. This theory emphasizes the importance of the ANS in connection and stress responses.

Building on this, it could be hypothesized that people who are exposed to high levels of stress and feelings of being unsafe, may experience increased sensitivity in their middle ear muscles. This potential sensitivity may, in turn, contribute to a higher likelihood of recurrent ear infections or a greater need for grommets during childhood.

Some definite food for thought!


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