Title
Sudden hearing loss Sudden hearing loss
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Brussel ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta oto-rhino-laryngologica Belgica. - Brussel
Volume/pages
(2007) :s:[6] , p. 33-43
ISSN
0001-6497
ISI
000249869700005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Sudden hearing loss. This update on the latest studies and management policies for patients suffering from sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) represents a cooperative effort of Belgian ENT surgeons from various corners of the country. SSHL has an incidence ranging from 5 to 20 cases per 100,000 persons per year, and is a relative medical emergency, as only 30% to 65% of the patients recover spontaneously. Nowadays, treatment varies a great deal between countries and hospitals. The various etiologies and therapeutic modalities are reviewed, and evidence levels are indicated. Finally, diagnostic and therapeutic organigrams are proposed along with a Belgian therapeutic cocktail in view of conducting a large Belgian study on the management of SSHL.
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