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The EarCheck Middle Ear Monitor (Innovia Medical) is a device marketed to consumers for home detection of middle-ear effusion (MEE) in children.
MIDDLE-EAR EFFUSION — The peak incidence and prevalence of otitis media occur in children from 6 to 20 months of age, usually presenting either as an infection (acute otitis media, AOM) or a noninfective middle-ear inflammation accompanied by effusion (otitis media with effusion, OME). Middle-ear effusion is present in both conditions.AOM generally is accompanied by fever and/or indications of discomfort; OME is often asymptomatic. Antimicrobials are effective in treating AOM and generally ineffective in treating OME.1 Recent studies have suggested that MEE persisting in both ears for as long as 9 months continuously during the first 3 years of life has no short- or long-term developmental impact.2
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