Sound Ear Check (SEC) in Hearing Diagnostics in Young Children

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2028
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Vesa Lahdes
Updated on 7 October 2022
tube placement
Accepts healthy volunteers


Study Sound Ear Check (SEC) hearing test among 3-10 years old otherwise healthy children referred to tympanostomy tube placement. SEC test prior surgery (with middle ear fluid) and at 1 month control visit (dry middle ear with ventilation tube). Otitis media 6 questionnaire prior surgery and at the 1 month control visit.


Sound Ear Check (SEC) is an automated tablet-based self-test that uses common nonspeech sounds (ecological sounds) that are accompanied by pictures that are easily recognizable even for younger children.

Before TTI operation, each participant will be tested with SEC using normal (dichotic) sounds and antiphasic sounds. Results will be compared to middle ear findings and the test will be repeated one month after the operation when the middle ears are checked to be dry (with a ventilation tube). At the time of the myringotomy during TTI operation, possible middle ear fluid will be classified as serous (transparent, clear), mucous (thick) or purulent (consisting of pus). A tympanometry will be performed within the same visit as the SEC measurement before the TTI operation. At the time of tympanometric examination, each participant will be classified as cooperative (sittings still, not crying, not resisting) or non-cooperative. Tympanometric findings will be classified after the Jerger classification. SEC and tympanometric testing is designed to be performed at the same visit as TTI operation as patients will be waiting for the operation at the ward. Medical history of the study patients will be collected from the hospital patient records and through interview and questionnaires to the subjects. Ear related quality of life questionnaire (OM-6) will be performed at the beginning of the study and the one month control visit. Questionnaires are collected using web-based REDCap -software (Research Electronic Data Capture).

Condition Hearing Loss, Otitis Media With Effusion, Tympanostomy
Treatment Sound Ear Check
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05535634
SponsorVesa Lahdes
Last Modified on7 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Finnish speaking (child and parent)

Exclusion Criteria

Prior sensorineural hearing loss
developmental disorder
Prior ear surgery (except tympanostomy insertion)
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