Bringing Clarity to OME Diagnosis
The Clinical Problem
Middle ear effusions, such as otitis media with effusion (OME), are an unfortunate reality of childhood -- 90% of children at some point suffer from OME. Worse, around 9% of children endure chronic middle ear effusions that significantly impair hearing for an extended period of time. This can lead to developmental delays and learning difficulties. Many children who suffer from OME do not receive simple interventions such as ear tubes that can alleviate chronic OME.
The Diagnostic Problem
This problem persists because our diagnostic methods are lacking. Especially
for children aged 1-5, accurately diagnosing OME is a challenge for pediatricians. The most commonly used method -- white light otoscopy -- only enabled pediatricians to be 53% accurate at diagnosing OME. Other diagnostic solutions are too complicated, inconclusive, or costly to be widely used in pediatrician offices.
The laser otoscope enables pediatricians to obtain up to 90% accuracy (based on a pilot clinical study) at detecting OME, while operating with the same simplicity and low-cost of a traditional otoscope. This revolutionary technology will enable millions of kids to be accurately diagnosed with OME and receive appropriate treatment. For providers, the laser otoscope removes uncertainty in diagnosis and will enable more appropriate, value-driven referrals to ENT practices.