Steroid analysis for sudden hearing loss treatmentEven though steroids are recommended by doctors for treating sudden hearing loss, there is very little evidence suggesting that the administration of steroids is effective, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in the June issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Sudden hearing loss or sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an acute hearing impairment involving loss of a minimum of 30 decibels of hearing over at least 3 test frequencies occurring in three days, according to background information in the article. The condition affects 5-20 out of every 100,000 individuals on a yearly basis.

It was remarked that treating sudden hearing loss can prove to be difficult as the cause of occurrence remains unknown in most of the reported cases.

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