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Hypothesis: While the traditional treatment for idiopathic, sudden, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is oral steroid therapy (and some argue that no other treatment is needed), intratympanic (IT) steroid therapy also has a role in treating this condition.
A MEDLINE literature search was performed for the years 1980 to 2004. The search strategy included the terms idiopathic hearing loss, sudden hearing loss, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, and steroids. Appropriate articles were selected and reviewed. Only articles published in English were included. Those articles addressing primarily idiopathic sudden SNHL and oral or IT steroid therapy as the preferred means of treatment were included in this analysis.
Marzo SJ. Intratympanic Steroid Perfusion for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(8):730-732. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.8.730