AI Model Outperforms Clinicians in Diagnosing Pediatric Ear Infections

BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETTS — An artificial-intelligence (AI) model built at Mass Eye and Ear was shown to be significantly more accurate than doctors at diagnosing pediatric ear infections in the first head-to-head evaluation of its kind, a research team working to develop the model for clinical use reported. According to a new study published August 16 in Otolaryngology–Head…

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Study Finds Middle Ear Fluid Common in Children on Ventilators

DALLAS, TEXAS – Babies and toddlers who need a tracheostomy – a tube surgically inserted into their windpipe to help relieve breathing problems – are at a high risk of accumulating fluid behind their eardrum when on a ventilator. That’s the conclusion of a new study, published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, by UT…

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Researchers Find No Benefit to Tubes Over Antibiotics for Recurrent Ear Infections

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – There is no long-term benefit to surgically placing tympanostomy tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections during the ensuing two years compared with giving oral antibiotics to treat ear infections, a randomized trial led by UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh pediatrician-scientists determined.    The trial results, published this…

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FDA Approves New System to Place Ear Tubes Under Local Anesthesia to Treat Recurrent Ear Infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced approval of a new system for the delivery of tympanostomy tubes, commonly referred to as ear tubes, that can be inserted into the eardrum to treat recurrent ear infections (i.e., otitis media). The Tubes Under Local Anesthesia (Tula) System is the first ear tube delivery system…

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Detecting Ear Infection at Home? Smartphone Technology Enables Accurate Detection of Middle Ear Fluid

Hearing care professionals, not to mention many parents of young children,  know tympanometry is helpful in the diagnosis of otitis media (middle ear infection). Another technique, differing from tympanometry, used to screen for the possibility of otitis media with effusion (OME) and acute otitis media is acoustic reflectometry.   Both techniques have plenty of evidence…

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PhotoniCare Announces Initiation of Clinical Study in Patients Undergoing Surgery for Chronic Middle Ear Infection

​​​​CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS — Medical device company PhotoniCare Inc., today announced the successful initiation of a multi-site registered clinical study to evaluate the imaging capabilities and image analysis performance of the PhotoniCare TOMi Scope. According to the announcement, Children’s National Health System (Washington, D.C.) is the first initiated of two clinical sites involved in this registered multi-site clinical study, along…

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New Study Finds Common Prescription Ear Drops Linked to Perforated Eardrums

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Researchers from the University of Florida found that children receiving commonly prescribed quinolone antibiotic ear drops (ex: Ciprofloxacin) following ear tube surgery, are 60 percent more likely to have eardrum perforations compared with those receiving neomycin ear drops. Additionally, when combined with steroids, the study suggests the risk of eardrum perforations may…

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Dutch Study: Earlier Onset of Acute Otitis Media Associated with More Frequent Recurrence

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS — If a child’s first ear infection occurs at a young age, particularly before 9 months, the chances for recurrent acute otitis media (AOM) infection are increased, according to a new Dutch study. The findings were published last month in the Journal of Pediatrics.    Identifying Children at Risk for Recurrent AOM   Dutch children…

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A New Potential Way to Treat Otitis Media

For audiologists practicing in a medical center, evaluating the hearing of children diagnosed with otitis media is a daily task. Not surprisingly, otitis media is the most common reason U.S. children receive antibiotics — and suffer from temporary conductive hearing loss. Antibiotics, taken orally, are an essential part of the treatment plan for many of…

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Infrared Device Developed by MIT Researchers Could Significantly Improve Ear Infection Diagnosis

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with a pediatric otolaryngologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, have developed a device that could significantly improve the ability of doctors to accurately diagnose ear infections (otitis media). The device, which is said to ultimately function much like a typical otoscope, utilizes shortwave infrared light…

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