Impedance and Otoscopy Screening of Multiply Handicapped Children in School Seventy-nine physically handicapped, mentally retarded school children were screened with impedance audiometry, followed by otoscopy performed by an otolaryngologist. These procedures provide a method for the identification of possible communicatively handicapping middle-ear abnormalities in a difficult-to-test school population. Results indicated that the presence of middle-ear abnormalities increased as the degree ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1979
Impedance and Otoscopy Screening of Multiply Handicapped Children in School
 
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  • Janet M. Bruns is a speech-language pathologist with the Minneapolis Public Schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at Michael Dowling School, 3900 West River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406. Janis T. Cram is a speech-language pathologist with the St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, Minnesota. Gayle J. Rogers is an audiologist with the Minneapolis Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the time this project was conducted, Janis Cram was affiliated with the Minneapolis Public Schools and Gayle Rogers was associated with the Minnesota Regional Hearing Center.
    Janet M. Bruns is a speech-language pathologist with the Minneapolis Public Schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at Michael Dowling School, 3900 West River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406. Janis T. Cram is a speech-language pathologist with the St. Paul Public Schools, St. Paul, Minnesota. Gayle J. Rogers is an audiologist with the Minneapolis Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the time this project was conducted, Janis Cram was affiliated with the Minneapolis Public Schools and Gayle Rogers was associated with the Minnesota Regional Hearing Center.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   January 01, 1979
Impedance and Otoscopy Screening of Multiply Handicapped Children in School
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1979, Vol. 10, 54-58. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1001.54
History: Received September 17, 1977 , Accepted August 30, 1978
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1979, Vol. 10, 54-58. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1001.54
History: Received September 17, 1977; Accepted August 30, 1978

Seventy-nine physically handicapped, mentally retarded school children were screened with impedance audiometry, followed by otoscopy performed by an otolaryngologist. These procedures provide a method for the identification of possible communicatively handicapping middle-ear abnormalities in a difficult-to-test school population. Results indicated that the presence of middle-ear abnormalities increased as the degree of retardation increased and age decreased. Furthermore, as the degree of physical involvement increased, the presence of suspected middle-ear pathology increased.

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