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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Concern over Antimicrobial Resistance is Growing

Three years ago the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) created a list of the 18 antibiotic-resistant microbes threatening the health of Americans. Given the relatively high prevalence of otitis media in children, which is often treated with antimicrobial drugs, the rise of antibiotic resistance is a cause for concern among healthcare professionals. Antibiotic-resistant infections affect…

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Childhood Ear Infections Becoming Less Common; Likely Due to Vaccinations and Breastfeeding, Suggests New Study

GALVESTON, TEXAS — In a newly published study in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have found that ear infection rates among young children in the US are on the decline.  The results, suggest researchers, are likely due to increases in vaccinations and breastfeeding. In the study, researchers followed more than 360…

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Children’s short-term hearing loss can cause permanent damage, study suggests

BOSTON—It’s long been known that transitory hearing loss in childhood can have permanent effects on a child’s development. The temporary conductive hearing problems that so many children suffer due to ear infections may interfere with their ability to learn and develop communication skills, with results that often continue long after the hearing loss has ended.…

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New imaging device may lead to improved treatment of chronic ear infections

CHAMPAIGN, lL—Otitis media, an infection of the middle ear, is one of the most common causes of temporary hearing loss among children. The condition often interferes with their ability to learn. Moreover, children who suffer from chronic ear infections that are not properly treated run the risk of developing permanent hearing loss That’s why new…

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