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January 1958

Conductive Deafness in Children

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.
From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(1):16-19. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010020003

Deafness has long presented a challenge to the medical profession. Only recently with the advancement of the antibiotics and the new and improved surgical techniques has the problem of conductive deafness in adults approached a practical solution. This presentation deals with a study directed toward the improvement of conductive deafness in children.

It has been known that some children with this type of impairment are relieved by adenoidectomy while others are not. In cases where a fluid level was observed myringotomy and suction have improved and maintained the hearing. The thought occurred that all cases of pure conductive deafness in children might be attended by middle ear effusion. To determine if this were the case was the purpose of this study.

Serous otitis media is not a new disease, first being described by Politzer1 in 1869. Since that time numerous titles such as serous catarrh, hydrops of the middle