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Monday 27, Sep 2010

  Vitamin E shows efficacy for restoring sudden hearing loss

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Vitamin E shows efficacy for restoring sudden hearing lossVitamin E may be effective in restoring sudden onset hearing loss, according to the findings of a study.

It is important to note here that sudden hearing loss can be identified in only 10-15 percent of the cases that include viral and bacterial diseases, and metabolic, neurologic, and immunologic sources.

Further studies should be undertaken in this area for getting a better understanding of the role of antioxidants in idiopathic sudden hearing loss, according to the researchers. The researchers also said that future studies would help in ascertaining the most effective antioxidant and its optimal dose.

Monday 10, May 2010

  Steroid treatment for sudden hearing loss analyzed

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Steroid treatment for sudden hearing loss analyzedDespite the fact that steroids are considered and prescribed as the most used treatment for sudden hearing loss, there is little of scientific evidence to suggest their use or that of any other therapies for this condition, as per a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in the June issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

All randomized clinical trials that were published between 1966 and 2006 and evaluated treatments for sudden hearing loss were searched by Anne Elizabeth Conlin, B.A. & Sc., M.D., of the University of Ottawa, Ontario, and Lorne S. Parnes, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., of the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

It was concluded that systemic steroids cannot be considered the gold standard of treatment for treating sudden sensorineural hearing loss, given the severe limitations of the landmark study supporting their use.

Friday 05, Feb 2010

  Steroid treatment for sudden hearing loss under the scanner

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Steroid treatment for sudden hearing loss under the scannerAccording to a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in an issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, steroids cannot be considered to be useful for treating patients with sudden hearing loss even though they are presently recommended for such patients.

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a hearing impairment complication that is characterized by hearing loss up to a minimum of 30 decibels over a minimum of three test frequencies in three days.

It was noted that systemic steroids cannot be considered to be the gold treatment standard for treating patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss because of the severe complications of the landmark study supporting their use.

Wednesday 13, Jan 2010

  Sudden hearing loss treatment and steroids

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Sudden hearing loss treatment and steroidsThere is only little evidence for suggesting that steroids can prove to be an effective treatment form for curing sudden hearing loss patients, as per a review that was published in the Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss or sudden hearing loss tends to affect approximately 5-20 out of every 100,000 people on a yearly basis. Some of the presently followed treatment options include vitamins, herbs, minerals, antiviral medications, hyperbaric oxygen, and agents capable of diluting the blood.

It was remarked by the authors that sudden hearing loss treatment is difficult as the cause of complication is often unknown. The authors also remarked that this complication can be classified as a medical emergency without a rational treatment approach or scientific understanding of its cause.

Sunday 27, Dec 2009

  Sudden hearing loss and steroid treatment

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Sudden hearing loss and steroid treatmentAccording to a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in an issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, there is very little evidence to suggest that steroids are effective for treating sudden hearing loss.

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a severe hearing impairment condition in which there is a loss of hearing of about 30 decibels over a minimum of three test frequencies in three days.

Anne Elizabeth Conlin, B.A. & Sc., M.D., of the University of Ottawa, Ontario, and Lorne S. Parnes, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., of the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, made concrete efforts to identify all randomized clinical trials concerned with evaluating sudden hearing loss treatments published between 1966 and 2006.

It was highlighted during the study that systematic steroids cannot be considered as the gold treatment standard for treating sudden sensorineural hearing loss because of the severe complications of the landmark study supporting their use.


Thursday 19, Nov 2009

  Analysis of steroid treatment for sudden hearing loss

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Analysis of steroid treatment for sudden hearing lossThough steroids are one of the most widely used treatment options for treating sudden hearing loss, there is little evidence for suggesting the use as per a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in an issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a severe hearing impairment condition that involves a loss of hearing at least 30 decibels of hearing over a minimum of three test frequencies in three days.

It was remarked that systemic steroids cannot be believed to be the gold treatment standard when it comes to sudden sensorineural hearing loss due to the severe complications of the landmark study supporting their use.

 

 

 

Monday 28, Sep 2009

  Steroid analysis for sudden hearing loss treatment

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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.

Monday 17, Aug 2009

  Steroids as an effective form of treatment for sudden hearing loss

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Steroids as an effective form of treatment for sudden hearing lossAccording to a review published in the Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, there is little evidence that can support the present guidelines that steroids can be an effective form of treatment for sudden hearing loss.

Sudden Hearing Loss or sudden sensorineural hearing loss affects about five to 20 of every 100,000 individuals yearly and the varying treatment methods include vitamins, herbs, minerals, antiviral medications, hyperbaric oxygen, and agents capable of diluting the blood.

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Anne Elizabeth Conlin, B.A. & Sc., M.D., of the University of Ottawa, Ontario, and Lorne S. Parnes, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., of the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, searched for all randomized clinical trials evaluating treatments for sudden hearing loss published between 1966 and 2006.

For the systematic review, 21 trials were identified and evaluated, all of which used measures from hearing tests to define treatment outcomes. “Only two studies used identical criteria to define sudden sensorineural hearing loss,” the authors write. “The method of randomization was described in two studies. Validity scores ranged from two to eight (of nine). Positive results were reported favoring systemic steroids, intratympanic [inside the inner ear] steroids, batroxobin, magnesium, vitamin E and hyperbaric oxygen, although there were serious limitations in each study with a positive finding.”

According to the authors, treatment of sudden hearing loss is a difficult task in itself as the cause of such a loss is often unknown in most of the cases. It was also remarked by the authors that this ailment can be termed as a medical emergency without a rational treatment approach or scientific understanding of its cause.