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The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the following acoustic-immittance protocols and their constituent measures for detection of middle-ear effusion in children: (a) tympanometric width; (b) absent ipsilateral acoustic reflex; (c) ASHA guidelines; (d) tympanometric peak pressure; and (e) static-acoustic(More)
The purpose of this prospective investigation was to evaluate the sensitivity of pure-tone screening of children with middle-ear effusion (MEE) and to describe the short-term audiometric and otologic follow-up of children with MEE who pass versus fail a pure-tone screen. Eighty-two ears of 54 children with MEE based on pneumotoscopy/microtoscopy were(More)
We conducted a randomized, controlled clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of treatment of persistent middle ear effusion (MEE) and associated hearing loss with a modified Politzer device used in the home setting over a 7-week period. Efficacy was determined by comparing pre-and posttherapy air-conduction thresholds, tympanometric peak pressures, and(More)
This study evaluates the efficacy of politzeration on eustachian tube dysfunction following airplane travel using an automated, hand-held device that controls the volume velocity of air flow. Fourteen adults with eustachian tube dysfunction following airplane travel comprised the experimental group. They received politzeration over a period of 6 weeks on a(More)
This study evaluated the efficacy of politzerization with an automated, hand-held device that controls volume velocity (airflow) in the treatment of 20 children with otitis media with effusion. These patients underwent politzerization twice a week for up to 6 weeks. Another 20 children with otitis media with effusion who were not treated with(More)
In this prospective follow-up investigation, we examined the efficacy of a modified Politzer device in the home treatment of persistent middle ear effusion (MEE) and associated hearing loss in children who had previously participated in a similar clinical trial. Our study group was made up of 38 patients who had been either (1) untreated control(More)
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