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critical # of otitis media episodes and HL?

RSiegel663 rsiegel663 at aol.com
Mon Nov 8 12:11:54 EST 1999

>I'm an SLP student doing my Master's project on early detection of
>hearing loss in children.. I'm wondering if there exists a
>critical/threshold number of OM episodes that a child can have where
>they are declared as having some kind of official hearing loss??

No.  You can have three extreme episodes an have a chronic hearing problem or
you can have 15 average episodes and fully clear.  Seems like a reasonable
question but look at the logic of it.  you are trying to link a very variable
physiological / medical problem with a number to determin when an individuald
system cannot cope or heal.

Most ENT's I know usually want 3 or more episodes before tubes are put in only
because they want to treat medically before going the surgical route. This in
no way predicts the start of a hearing problem.

If anyone else has a better explanation please post.  Thanks.

Robert B. Siegel M.S. CCC-A, BC-HIS
Family Hearing Centers
2001 Lincoln Dr W.   Suite E
Marlton, NJ 08053-1531

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