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August 1976

Audiometric, Impedance, and Otoscopic Findings in Children With Cleft Palates

Author Affiliations

From the Area of Communication Disorders, Hearing Clinics, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant. Dr Bess is now at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(8):465-469. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780130059005

• We examined the prevalence of hearing loss and/or middle ear disease among 34 children with cleft palates, using pure-tone audiometry, acoustic impedance, and pneumatic otoscopy. The overall incidence of hearing loss and otitic complications varied from 57% to 68%, depending on the procedure used. Of the three clinical procedures used in this study, pure-tone audiometry exhibited the poorest diagnostic efficiency. Close predictive agreement was found between impedance and otoscopy.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:465-469, 1976)

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