Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences
1 online resource (64 p.)
Otitis media in children, Articulation disorders in children, Language acquisition
Researchers have long been concerned with the effects of otitis media on speech and language acquisition because of the high correlation of a mild to moderate hearing loss during the time period that fluid (effusion) may be in the middle ear. Middle-ear effusion would prevent many of the auditory messages from accurately reaching the nervous system (Zinkus, 1986). Deprived of the ability to discern the subtle acoustic differences that provide information for phonetic contrasts, a child's speech acquisition may differ from children who do not experience such losses.
Lohr-Flanders, Marla, "The effect of otitis media on articulation in expressive language-delayed children" (1991). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4365.