Chronic otitis media and early speech development: a case study

Michael Robb, Jerre L. Psak, Glenn K. Pang-Ching

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Abstract

A case study of the speech development in a male infant with chronic otitis media is reported. The phonetic behavior characterizing the child's vocalizations was sampled monthly between the ages of 11 and 21 months, as he progressed from pre-speech to early speech periods of language development. Results of monthly phonetic inventory analyses indicated age-appropriate types of consonants in his pre-word and later-word vocalizations. However, the child's repertoire of consonants was considerably reduced as he first began to produce meaningful speech. Results of phonetic diversity analyses revealed an overall lack of phonetic complexity in his vocalizations throughout the course of study. In general, the child's early sound productions were characteristic of developmental delay, closely resembling the speech patterns found among severely hearing-impaired children. Findings are discussed with respect to the probable influence of chronic otitis media with effusion on a child's eventual speech development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1993

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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