Our ped said pretty much the same thing. What finally convinced us was Dr. Schmidt's Healing Childhood Ear Infections. DS has chronic fluid on his ears... last winter he was on antibiotics constantly & got tubes in Jan. I decided this year to approach things a little differently & wholistically (I woke-up, in other words, & decided not to be so stupid!)
: Anyway, Schmidt explained the 21st chromosone a little differently than I had heard it described before. He also pointed to research done by Trisomy 21 Research that talked about the importance of nutrition in combating the damage done by the extra chromosone. We decided that for $70 (more or less) a month, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. At the same time, DS began receiving acupuncture treatments & receiving adjustments from a chiropractor. He will also begin to receive treatments from an osteopath in early Feb. We are trying everything we can to keep his ears clear without having to put him through surgery again. He goes back in for a hearing test later this week but just from observing him, I really think his hearing is improving and his vocabulary has definitely improved. But like you said.... who can tell what is causing his hearing to improve? It's hard to say. We're going seriously broke b/c of course, our insurance pays for none of this but it's just money, right? Anyway, that's probably way more than you wanted to know about our lives.
Thanks for writing in... I would love to discuss it more, if you would like. Take care, Brook