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J Speech Hear Res. 1991 Oct;34(5):1158-68.

Otitis media in early childhood and later language.

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Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


The relationship between early otitis media with effusion (OME) experience and later language development was examined in a prospective cohort study of 30 children from middle-class families and 33 children from low-income families. Ear status was monitored using otoscopy and tympanometry during wellness and illness periods between birth and 3 years of age. Language was assessed using standardized tests and a language sample between 4 1/2 and 6 years. Findings suggested no reliable relationship between early OME experience and later language development.

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