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April 1993

Tympanostomy Tubes and Audiograms

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Washington, DC

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(4):370-371. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880160014002

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In the Pediatric Otolaryngology News that appeared in the October 1992 issue of the Archives (1992;118: 1021-1022), reference was made to a paper presented by Drs Scott Manning, Orval Brown, and Peter Roland at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology meeting held in Palm Desert, Calif, in April 1992. Their paper reported a 1% incidence of previously unrecognized sensorineural hearing loss in children undergoing polyethylene (PE) tube placement. In response to these findings, several pediatric otolaryngologists were asked to comment on their own practices. The following questions were asked: "Do you feel that every child undergoing PE tubes should have a preoperative audiogram?" "Should a postoperative study be repeated if the initial test was significantly abnormal?" and "What is your common practice in regard to PE tubes and audiograms?"

Their responses appear below.

"I do obtain both a preoperative and postoperative audiogram of every child on whom I perform this

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