Impact of Ear Infections On Brain Development

 Both ears must equally and strongly absorb sounds to send sound energy along all auditory neural pathways to integrate sights with sounds promoting brain development.

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Kathy J Harvey-Jones, MsEd, Audiology, BC-HIS

Temporary Hearing Loss Associated with Ear Infections Increase Risks for Negatively Affecting Brain Development

The health of the hearing system is essential to promote brain development in children affecting brain development. Numerous studies found that disruption of the hearing system due to ear infections, especially during infancy and preschool years of brain development, negatively affected the development of speech, language, balance, and auditory processing skills.
(Casselbrant, Gravel, Margolis, Bellussi,, Dhooge, & Downs, 2002; Vernon- Feagans & Proctor, 1994; Hasenstab in 1992; and Benasich & Tallal, 2002). 

“adverse effects in speech, language development, and balance in some children” culminating in learning and behavioral problems.
(Casselbrant, Gravel, Margolis, Bellussi, Dhooge, & Downs, 2002) (Klein, 2001, as cited in J. S. Stenton, 2003).

Negative Impact of Ear Infections 

Researchers Zargi, M. and Boltezar, H.(1999) consistently found the following difficulties in 33 infants and toddlers experiencing three or more acute ear infections before age two (chronic condition):

  • Temporary hearing loss up to 40 decibels (dB) — a Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuing fluid without an ear infection lasted several weeks in 50% of infants/preschoolers
  • Continuing fluid without an ear infection lasted up to six months in 10% of infants/preschoolers
  • Decreased perception of sounds while listening in 88% of toddlers
  • Approximately 4 out of 8 parents lacked awareness of hearing impairment in the 8 toddlers who tested positive for a conductive hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear.
    (Zargi, M., Boltezar, H. (1992). Effects of recurrent otitis media in infancy on auditory perception and speech.  American Journal of Otolaryngology. 13 (6), 366.) (Supported in June 2003, Report of the Eighth Research Conference; Supported in 2010 by Ungkanont, K., Charuluxananan, S., Komoltic C.)

Statistically significant differences between the two control groups showing an increased risk for decreased sound energy reaching the cochlea:

  • Greater hearing loss during a common cold (.0003)
  • Abnormal color and position of ear drum (tympanic membrane .0001)
  • Lower pressure (60 to 70 mm H2O) in the middle ear when compared to participants with typical-sized adenoids.

Ear Infections Are Commonly Associated With Enlarged Adenoids

Under-activity occurs in the hearing system when there are ear infections, enlarged adenoids, or lack of strong sound stimulation along auditory neural pathways. 

Cheri Moore's Findings Resulted in Improved Responses to AIT and Vision Therapy

Cheri Moore's desire to improve clients' emotional response during auditory integration training resulted in the discovery of a high rate of co-existing visual processing difficulties with sound intolerance, with or without a hearing loss.  After some clients experienced increased visual processing difficulties during AIT, like chronic double vision, Cheri Moore collaborated with optometrists specializing in vision therapy to track client's progress.  Auditory-visual protocols have resulted in improved responses to auditory integration training and vision therapy.

FDA Statement On AIT

"Auditory Integration Training remediates impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory distortion) associated with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and related disorders - ADD, ADHD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Deficits), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia."

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