ORIGINAL ARTICLE
AUDITORY PROCESSING IN CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE OTITIS MEDIA
Augustina Noel 1, B,E-F,   Arun Alexander 1, A,C-E,   Anuprasad Sreenivasan 1, A,C-E  
,   Saravanan Palani 1, A,C,E
 
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Department of Otolaryngology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry 605006, India
A - Research concept and design; B - Collection and/or assembly of data; C - Data analysis and interpretation; D - Writing the article; E - Critical revision of the article; F - Final approval of article;
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Anuprasad Sreenivasan   

Anuprasad Sreenivasan, Department of Otolaryngology, JIPMER, Pondicherry 605006, India. Email: anuprasadss@gmail.com
Publication date: 2018-12-31
 
J Hear Sci 2018;8(4):29–33
 
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Background:
Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) in early childhood can lead to auditory processing disorders in later life even though the hearing sensitivity has returned to normal. There is a dearth of studies in the literature that have evaluated the auditory processing in children with later onset of CSOM.

Material and Methods:
Auditory processing was measured in terms of frequency discrimination (difference limen frequency, DLF), intensity discrimination (difference limen intensity, DLI), and gap detection threshold (GDT) in 15 children with CSOM of mean age 13 years as well as in 15 normal hearing children of comparable age.

Results:
An independent t-test was used to gauge the significance between the groups for all three parameters. There was a statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) for all three.

Conclusions:
The results confirm that conductive hearing loss impairs the auditory processing abilities of children with CSOM, even in those aged 9 to 15 years. These findings highlight the importance of early intervention in cases of CSOM.

 
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