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Early recurrent otitis media, language and central auditory processing in children

Nicci Campbell, René Hugo, Isabel Uys, Johan J. Hanekom, Solly Millard
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 42, No 1 | a250 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v42i1.250 | © 2019 Johan Hanekom | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1995

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Nicci Campbell, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
René Hugo, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Isabel Uys, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Johan J. Hanekom, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Solly Millard, Department of Statistics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The study examines the relationships that exist between early recurrent otitis media, language and central auditory processing in children. A retrospective case-control experimental design was employed and ten subjects were allocated to each of the two research groups, namely children with a history of early recurrent otitis media (research group 1) and children without a history of early recurrent otitis media (research group 2). The children in both research groups were in grade one and turning 7 years old. The language and central auditory processing of the subjects were assessed using the Clinical Evaluation of Language Function (Wiig & Semel, 1980) and the Willeford Battery of Central Auditory Function (Willeford, 1974). The results showed that the language and central auditory processing of the children with a history of early recurrent otitis media were significantly poorer than that of their disease-free peers. The results stress the importance of vigorous identification and management programmes for children with a history of early recurrent otitis media.

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early recurrent otitis media; language and central auditory processing

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