Bacteriology of Earphone Contamination Bacterial samples of earphones used in clinical audiological evaluations were examined for the presence of three pathogenic microorganisms which have been associated with otitis media and otitis externa. The use of ultraviolet irradiation for the elimination of these bacteria was also investigated. The results indicate that the earphones are a ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1969
Bacteriology of Earphone Contamination
 
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  • Richard E. Talbott
    University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1969
Bacteriology of Earphone Contamination
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1969, Vol. 12, 326-329. doi:10.1044/jshr.1202.326
History: Received August 19, 1968
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1969, Vol. 12, 326-329. doi:10.1044/jshr.1202.326
History: Received August 19, 1968

Bacterial samples of earphones used in clinical audiological evaluations were examined for the presence of three pathogenic microorganisms which have been associated with otitis media and otitis externa. The use of ultraviolet irradiation for the elimination of these bacteria was also investigated. The results indicate that the earphones are a possible source of contamination from these microorganisms and that the use of UV irradiation can be effective in the control of these pathogens. The disadvantages of other aseptic procedures with earphones are also discussed.

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