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Comparison of wideband acoustic immittance in Chinese infants under three months of age with normal and abnormal middle ear function
This study aims to compare the characteristics of Wideband Acoustic Immittance (WAI) in Chinese infants under three months of age, with either normal or abnormal middle ear function.
We recruited 98 infants with either normal or abnormal middle ear function, and subsequently divided them into four groups based on their middle ear function and chronological age. The absorbances at tympanometric peak pressure (TPP) were collected across 1/3rd octave frequencies ranging from 226 to 8000 Hz.
Among infants with normal middle ear function, no significant differences were observed concerning ear laterality. However, significant differences were noted at 3364 Hz and 4000 Hz with respect to age. For infants with either normal or abnormal middle ear function, we found significant differences at the majority of frequencies. Additionally, the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and maxima Youden index indicated that absorbances at 1682 Hz and 1297 Hz could be employed to evaluate the middle ear function of infants at 1 and 2 months of age.
This study demonstrates that WAI holds promise as a valuable tool for assessing the middle ear condition of infants at 1 and 2 months of age. Infants aged 1 and 2 years, having absorbance values equal to or greater than 0.7470 at 1682 Hz and 0.6775 at 1297 Hz respectively, may indicate normal middle ear function. Furthermore, it underscores the necessity of establishing ethnicity- and age-specific norms for WAI in infants under 3 months of age.
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CitationLi, G., Zhao, F., Peng, S., Yin, H., Yao, X., & Xu, K. (2023) 'Comparison of wideband acoustic immittance in Chinese infants under three months of age with normal and abnormal middle ear function', International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 111739.
Cardiff Met Affiliation
- Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
Cardiff Met AuthorsFei Zhao
Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group
- Speech, Hearing and Communication
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