Objectives: In this study, we investigate the prevalence
of chronic otitis media (COM) in young men.
Patients and Methods: Twenty thousand consecutive
young men (mean age 22 years) who were under election
for high performance military positions were examined
by two otolaryngologists in the Military Hospital,
İzmir. The otologic examination findings were noted. We
evaluated the patients who have tympanic membrane
perforation, retraction, adhesion, myringosclerosis and
the patients who had underwent surgery before.
Results: Three-hundred and fifty-five young men (1.77%)
had COM. Other findings were retraction (n=66; 0.33%),
adhesion (n=36; 0.18%), myringosclerosis (n=720; 3.6%)
and cerumen (n=3200; 16%). We found out that five
(0.025%) of the cases had radical mastoidectomy surgery
and 16 (0.08%) of them had tympanoplasty.
Conclusion: The prevalence of COM in young
men is 1.77%. Although our study has a limitation
because all of our samples are young men, the study
is unique due to its large sample size.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Kronik otitis media; erkek; prevalans.