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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration
Autoinflation for Hearing Loss Associated with Otitis Media with Effusion

Perera, R., Haynes, J., et al. (2006).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(4).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of randomized controlled trials investigating the technique of autoinflation to treat otitis media with effusion.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children and adults with unilateral and bilateral OME and a clinical diagnosis.

Intervention/Assessment: Autoinflation, a technique to increase intranasal pressure repeatedly either through a nasal balloon or by other methods.

Number of Studies Included: 6

Years Included: Through March 2006



  • Management
    • Hearing
      • Autoinflation - "Autoinflation does not appear to improve pure tone audiometry thresholds" (p. 7).

Keywords: Hearing Loss, Otitis Media

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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