Early middle ear effusion and central auditory processing at age seven

Dale L. Johnson, Constance D. Baldwin, David P. McCormick

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This study examined the relation of middle ear effusion MEE) in the first three years of life to central auditory processing at age seven. Ears were examined on a regular basis frequently in the home over the first three years and a count of days with bilateral MEE was used to quantify ear status. Central auditory processing was assessed with SCAN, Screening Test for Auditory Processing Disorders. With a sample of 76 children studied prospectively from birth there were significant correlations between MEE and all four SCAN measures. A possible link between SCAN and attention problems was also examined using the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA). Three of 16 possible correlations were significant, suggesting a weak relation between attention and SCAN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChildren and Language
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment, Impairment and Training
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781606923955
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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