|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 132-135
Topical nasal steroids for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion in children
Zafarullah Beigh, Manzoor Ahmad Lattoo, Aamir Yousuf, Rafiq Ahmad Pampori
Department of ENT and HNS, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Date of Web Publication||2-Sep-2013|
Department of ENT and HNS, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: In the present study, otitis media with effusion (OME) or "glue ear," is serous or mucoid, but not mucopurulent, fluid in the middle ear. Children usually present with hearing impairment and speech problems. Hearing impairment is usually mild and often identified when parents express concern regarding their child's behavior, performance at school, or language development. There are many medical treatment options in OME such as systemic antibiotics, oral or topical steroids, anti-histaminics, and decongestants however, there actual role and efficacy is controversial. Topical nasal steroids are one of the better treatment options because of its fewer side-effects compared to oral steroids. Objective: To assess effectiveness of topical nasal steroids (mometosone nasal spray) in hearing loss associated with OME in children. Materials and Methods: One hundred and six children of age group 2-8 years with otoscopy and tympanometry diagnosed cases of OME were enrolled for this study and randomly allocated into two groups, children in the study group were treated with topical nasal steroids (mometosone nasal spray) for period of 3 weeks and children in control group (no treatment) were observed without treatment. On a total of 106 children, 14 lost to follow-up and were excluded from study and the rest of 92 children were studied in this study. Outcome of treatment was measured with closure of air bone gape on pure tone audiometery done after 3 weeks of treatment, 3 weeks after tapering treatment and 3 weeks after stopping treatment. Results: Demographic comparison was insignificant between the two groups. Patients in study group showed significant closure of air bone gape on pure tone audiogram after 3 weeks of treatment, and 3weeks after tapering treatment. Study group patients showed improvement in hearing 3 weeks after stopping treatment but that improvement was not statistically significant. Conclusion: The present study suggested that topical nasal steroids has a role in treatment of OME and can be used as a short-term treatment option until long-term treatment option like myringotomy and ventilation tube insertion is planned and accomplished.
Keywords: Hearing loss, Nasal steroids, Otitis media with effusion
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Beigh Z, Lattoo MA, Yousuf A, Pampori RA. Topical nasal steroids for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion in children. Indian J Otol 2013;19:132-5
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Beigh Z, Lattoo MA, Yousuf A, Pampori RA. Topical nasal steroids for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion in children. Indian J Otol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Apr 24];19:132-5. Available from: http://www.indianjotol.org/text.asp?2013/19/3/132/117474
| Introduction|| |
Otitis media with effusion (OME) is defined as a collection of fluid in the middle ear without signs or symptoms of ear infection.  It typically arises when the Eustachian tube More Detailss are not functioning normally. When this happens, pressure changes occur in the middle ear and fluid can accumulate.
As many as 90% of children (80% of individual ears) will have at least one episode of OME by age 10, with the majority of cases occurring between the ages of 6 months and 4 years. , Many episodes of OME resolve spontaneously within 3 months, but 30-40% of children have recurrent episodes and 5-10% of cases last more than 1year. ,, Additionally, some subpopulations of children are disproportionately affected by OME. Those with cleft palate, Down syndrome, and other craniofacial anomalies are at high-risk for anatomic causes of OME in addition to worsened function of the Eustachian tube. 
There are several pre-disposing environmental factors that are associated with an increased risk of developing OME.  These includes exposure to second hand smoke, attending child care, and having environmentally induced allergies. Many patients with OME require no specific treatment. The most common medical treatment options include the use of decongestants, mucolytics, steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics and auto-inflation. Surgical treatment options include grommet insertion, myringotomy (tympanocentesis, i.e., surgical incision of the ear drum, with or without aspiration of fluid fromthemiddle ear cavity) and adenoidectomy. The optimal treatment strategy remains controversial.
| Materials and Methods|| |
The present study was performed at the department of otorhinolaryngology Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India during the period between September 2011 and November 2012 and was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee. One hundred and six children of age group 2-8 years with otoscopy and tympanometry diagnosed cases of OME were enrolled. Out of these 14 children lost to follow-up and were excluded from study, rest of 92 children were randomly put in two groups. Exclusion criteria were syndromic children and children with cleft palate.The randomization was allocated by random number table, use by the even and odd numbers in equal proportions. The even numbers in random number table represented the control group while the odd numbers represented the study group. In 46 children in the study group intra nasal steroids was given as treatment for period of 3 weeks and then dose of steroids was gradually tapered over further 3 weeks of time and then steroids were stopped. Pure tone audiometry was done at the time of presentation in our department and after 3 weeks of treatment, 3 weeks after tapering treatment and 3 weeks after stopping treatment. Similarly, for children in the control group (no treatment) pure tone audiometry was done at the time of presentation, after 3 weeks, after 6 weeks and after 9 weeks. The closure of air bone gap between the two groups was compared.
| Results|| |
We studied 106 children who were diagnosed as OME. Out of these 106, 14 lost to follow-up and were excluded from study. And the rest of 92 children were put in two groups. Forty six children receive intra nasal steroids as treatment and 46 children were observed without treatment. The demographic data of these two groups of patients is given in [Table 1]. Result of pure tone audiometry in both groups of patients at presentation, after 3 weeks, 6 weeks and after 9 weeks is given in [Table 2]. Demographic comparison was insignificant between the two groups. Patients in study group showed significant closure of air bone gape on pure tone audiogram after 3 weeks of treatment, and 3weeks after tapering treatment. Study group patients showed improvement in hearing 3 weeks after stopping treatment but that improvement was not statistically significant.
|Table 2: Air bone gape findings on pure tone audiogram done in children (value in mean)|
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| Discussion|| |
OME, or "glue ear", is characterized by an accumulation of fluid in the middle ear, in the absence of acute inflammation. It is an important and common problem. OME is the most common cause of acquired hearing loss in childhood and may negatively affect language development (Haggard 1991; Lous 1995a; Lous 1995b).  OME is also associated with anxiety/depression and attention disorders and so may affect both children their families and peers (Gouma 2010).  OME in early childhood has been shown to affect inteligence quotient, behavior and reading into late teens (Bennett 2001).  The reason why the condition develops is uncertain, but low-grade infection, poor Eustachian tube function, allergy and adenoidal infection or hypertrophy have all been implicated (Chantzi 2005).  OME can be associated with discomfort and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Patients with OME are also prone to episodes of acute otitis media. Temporary hearing loss is common among OME patients. This hearing loss is often mild (i.e., worsened or with hearing threshold elevated by about 10 dB), but in some cases moderate or severe hearing loss can occur.  Because hearing loss in young children may delay or permanently change their communication skills and may lead to behavioral and educational difficulties,  there has been concern about the possible role of OME on these outcomes. Additionally, those with chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction and OME are at risk for structural damage of the tympanic membrane.  Most of the patients with OME require no specific treatment. The most common medical treatment options include the use of decongestants, mucolytics, steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics and auto-inflation. It is hypothesized that steroids could clear effusions by: (a) Stabilizing membrane phospholipid breakdown and thus preventing the formation of arachidonic acid and associated inflammatory mediators; (b) shrinking peri-tubal lymphoid tissue; (c) enhancing secretion of Eustachian tube surfactant; and (d) reducing middleear fluid viscosity (Rosenfeld 1992; Ducharme 2003). , Topical intranasal steroids may be safer than systemic preparations because the glucocorticoid is rapidly degraded in the nasal mucosa to less activemetabolites and any unchanged drug that is absorbed is metabolized in the first pass through the liver (Olynyk 1998). 
In the present study, we assessed the role of topical nasal steroids on hearing impearmentin children affected due to OME. Only one study (Williamson 2009),  which compared topical intranasal steroid with placebo, reported on hearing loss, for which there was no benefit. Nuss and Berman et al included studies published in abstract form only (Heary 1990) and a non-randomized, open study (Persico 1978).  They concluded that combination therapy (oral steroids plus antibiotics) is worth considering in children with OME persisting beyond 8 weeks prior to surgical intervention. Rosenfeld et al. performed a meta-analysis of six randomized trials, and concluded that children receiving oral steroids for 7-14 days were 3 times more likely than control subjects to have both ears free of effusion at the end of therapy (95% confidence interval [CI] 2.2-4.1). They also found significant heterogeneity between studies. Three of the studies involved treatment with oral steroid plus antibiotic (odds ratio favoring steroid plus antibiotic treatment 2.8; 95% CI 2.0-4.0) and three oral steroid alone. In study conducted by Simpson et al. there is some evidence demonstrating short-term improvement of OME from oral steroids, especially when used in combination with antibiotics, However, they found no evidence for lasting beneficial effect on effusions from oral or topical intranasal steroid treatment. Our study showed short-term improvement in hearing loss due to OME in children after using topical nasal steroids.
| Conclusion|| |
Large randomized controlled studies are needed to compare nasal steroids to other modalities of treatment, but this study shows nasal steroids to be effective method of improving hearing loss in OME patients after using the same for 3 weeks. Therefore, the use of nasal steroids should be further promoted and implemented as short-term therapy in hearing impaired children associated with OME.
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