In my experience, rarely does OM cause permanent hearing loss if you are
referring to a sensorineural loss. OM and the resultant fluctuating hearing
loss can result in other problems involving speech/language and/or learning.
>From: "L. chong" <lrchong at julian.uwo.ca>
>To: audiolog at net.bio.net>Subject: critical # of otitis media episodes and HL?
>Date: Sun, Nov 7, 1999, 1:54 PM
>> I'm an SLP student doing my Master's project on early detection of
> hearing loss in children.. I'm wondering if there exists a
> critical/threshold number of OM episodes that a child can have where
> they are declared as having some kind of official hearing loss?? I
> realize that OM is a fluctuating condition, and that the existence of a
> HL can vary with the episodes.. but is there some "official number" that
> indicates that there is some kind of permanent loss??
>> any input on this would be greatly appreciated..
>> Lisa Chong. (lrchong at julian.uwo.ca)