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Hearing Loss and Learning Disability

Hearing Loss and Learning Disability Abstract Sir.—In a recent Journal (132:1100-1104, 1978), Zinkus et al reported that children who have had a history of severe, chronic otitis media suffer later from developmental and learning problems. They conclude that hearing loss is the culprit. Although they refer to an earlier article by Kaplan et al,1 the authors fail to note that those investigators found no relationship between the degree of otitis media—caused hearing loss and learning problems. Kaplan et al found only the same correspondence between chronic otitis media and learning disorders that Zinkus found. There is no evidence that the mild hearing loss associated with otitis media causes poor learning, nor is it known what causes the relationship between otitis media and learning disorder. I have suggested elsewhere2 that a third factor, related to the predisposition to learning disability, may be responsible for the occurrence of chronic otitis media as well. References 1. Kaplan GJ, Fleshman JK, Bender TR, et al: Long-term effect of otitis media . Pediatrics 52:577-585, 1973. 2. Hersher L: Minimal brain dysfunction and otitis media . Percept Mot Skills 47:723-726, 1978.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Hearing Loss and Learning Disability

Hearing Loss and Learning Disability

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—In a recent Journal (132:1100-1104, 1978), Zinkus et al reported that children who have had a history of severe, chronic otitis media suffer later from developmental and learning problems. They conclude that hearing loss is the culprit. Although they refer to an earlier article by Kaplan et al,1 the authors fail to note that those investigators found no relationship between the degree of otitis media—caused hearing loss and learning problems. Kaplan et al found only...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1980 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130130076030
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—In a recent Journal (132:1100-1104, 1978), Zinkus et al reported that children who have had a history of severe, chronic otitis media suffer later from developmental and learning problems. They conclude that hearing loss is the culprit. Although they refer to an earlier article by Kaplan et al,1 the authors fail to note that those investigators found no relationship between the degree of otitis media—caused hearing loss and learning problems. Kaplan et al found only the same correspondence between chronic otitis media and learning disorders that Zinkus found. There is no evidence that the mild hearing loss associated with otitis media causes poor learning, nor is it known what causes the relationship between otitis media and learning disorder. I have suggested elsewhere2 that a third factor, related to the predisposition to learning disability, may be responsible for the occurrence of chronic otitis media as well. References 1. Kaplan GJ, Fleshman JK, Bender TR, et al: Long-term effect of otitis media . Pediatrics 52:577-585, 1973. 2. Hersher L: Minimal brain dysfunction and otitis media . Percept Mot Skills 47:723-726, 1978.Crossref

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1980

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