Presented as part of a Symposium at the Meeting of the Middle Section, American Laryn-gological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., Omaha, Nebr., January 21, 1972.
Symposium on ear diseases. III. The older cleft palate patient. (A Clinical Otologic-Audiologic Study.)†
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
Copyright © 1972 The Triological Society
Volume 82, Issue 7, pages 1217–1225, July 1972
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Bennett, M. (1972), Symposium on ear diseases. III. The older cleft palate patient. (A Clinical Otologic-Audiologic Study.). The Laryngoscope, 82: 1217–1225. doi: 10.1288/00005537-197207000-00011
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A clinical study of 100 randomly selected cleft lip and/or palate adult patients, ages 14 to 77 years. Forty-nine out of 100 were otologically normal. Forty-two out of 100 were audiologically normal. A negative history of past ear disease is not an accurate screening method for abnormality. Auditory impairments (27 out of 58) suggesting a sensori-neural loss were found in relatively young adults. Is there a progressive degenerative sensori-neural hearing impairment in congenital cleft disease? Thirty-one out of 58 had conductive losses: these were correlated with the otologic findings on examination. Twenty-three out of 100 had had palatal pharyn-goplasty. The surgical procedure to reduce hypernasality probably does not aggravate the Eustachian tubal dysfunction.
Approximately 50 percent of the congenital cleft lip and/or palate adults continue to have ear problems, probably for their lifetime.