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First national guideline for sudden hearing loss published
Date:3/19/2012

oss. Both are common causes of hearing loss, but they have very different treatment strategies.
  • Information to better educate patients about the benefits and risks of medical intervention.
  • A range of amplification and hearing assistive technology available to those patients with incomplete recovery of hearing.
  • Recommendations against clinicians ordering computerized tomography (CT) of the head/brain as part of the initial patient evaluation.

    The guideline is intended for all clinicians who see adult patients, ages 18 and older.

    In addition, the guideline covers sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), a subset of sudden hearing loss. About 4,000 new cases of SSNHL are reported in the U.S. each year. While most patients recover completely without medical intervention, about 15 percent of those with SSNHL experience hearing loss that gets worse over time.

    The complete guideline is published as a supplement to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is available online at www.entnet.org.


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