chapter  34
Otitis Media and the Acquisition of Consonants
WithAdele W. Miccio, Kristine M. Yont, Heather L. Clemons, Lynne Vernon-Feagans
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Otitis media (OM) is one of the most common childhood diseases and frequently results in a fluctuating mild-to-moderate conductive hearing loss (Paradise et al., 1997). Children in day care are also exposed daily to high levels of background noise (Painter & Frank, 1999). The combination of these factors places children in day care at high risk for not obtaining the auditory-verbal experience necessary for acquiring speech normally (Vernon-Feagans, Manlove & Volling, 1996).