Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology
September 2000

Which Treatment for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss?A Viral Etiology?

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(9):1165-1166. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.9.1165

Sudden-onset, unilateral sensorineural hearing loss has been perplexing otolaryngologists for many decades. The frustrations in diagnosing and treating patients with SSNHL have been well presented by Eisenman and Arts.

As noted by the authors, there is not a standard definition of SSNHL. To me, this serves as a reminder of the vagaries of this clinical problem. In spite of diligent diagnostic efforts by physicians and researchers, most cases remain idiopathic. Fortunately for the patient, there is a reasonable chance of some recovery of hearing.

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