Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 585–594 | Cite as

Brief report: Ear infections in autistic and normal children

  • M. Mary Konstantareas
  • Soula Homatidis
Brief Reports


The frequency of ear infections, ear tube drainage, and deafness was examined through parental reports in autistic and yoke-matched, normal children. For the autistic group these difficulties were additionally examined as a function of the children's cognitive and communication abilities, verbal versus nonverbal status, sex, and degree of autistic symptomatology. Autistic children had a greater incidence of ear infections than matched normal peers. Lower-functioning children had an earlier onset of ear infections than their higher-functioning autistic peers. Ear infections coexisted with low-set ears, and with a higher autistic symptomatology score. The findings are discussed in terms of greater CNS vulnerability in the autistic children, which is likely present since embryogenesis. The possible adverse consequences of intermittent hearing loss on language, cognitive, and socioaffective development are considered.


Adverse Consequence Hearing Loss Early Onset Parental Report Normal Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mary Konstantareas
    • 1
  • Soula Homatidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada

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