Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether pediatricians and family practice physicians were using standard criteria referring pre-school children to otolaryngologists and/or audiologists. Data was collected regarding the types of instruments and procedures used in the referral, in addition to the etiologies most frequently referred. Comparisons of referral criteria were made between pediatricians and family practice physicians. A 17-item questionnaire regarding audiological tests, procedures and pathologies was sent to 108 pediatricians and 112 familiar practice physicians in the Central Florida area. Similarities in tests and procedures used by the two groups of physicians were limited to the use of the otoscope and pneumatic otoscope. Chronic otitis media and speech/language delays were revealed as the most often referred etiologies. Significant difference were noted between the two groups of physicians in the use of tuning forks and tympanometers. Results suggested a need for a more consistent set of procedures and tests in the comprehensive assessment of hearing status in the pre-school child.

Graduation Date

1987

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Mullin, Thomas A.

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Health

Department

Communicative Disorders

Format

PDF

Pages

40 p.

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0020602

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