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March 1977

Auditory Test Results in 500 Cases of Acoustic Neuroma

Author Affiliations

From the Otologic Medical Group, Inc, and the Ear Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(3):152-158. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780200078008

• Auditory test results in the first 53 cases of this series of 500 acoustic neuromas were reported in 1964. Subsequent studies involving larger numbers of patients detailed new results based on these additional cases.

Five hundred cases of surgically confirmed acoustic neuromas were analyzed. Pure-tone loss configurations, speech discrimination, auditory adaptation as measured by the modified tone decay test, Bekesy audiometry, short increment sensitivity index test, and alternate binaural loudness balance test data were evaluated. The results of this investigation in general confirm previous studies, although percentage figures for positive tests differed in the large series. Acoustic reflex results were reported for those patients evaluated more recently.

Slightly more than half of the cases had inconsistent audiometric results in one or more aspects. Inconsistencies to the tests were examined in detail. Consistent responses to the tests appear to be related to the size of the lesion.

The full battery of audiologic tests is of importance in the differential diagnosis of acoustic neuromas.

(Arch Otolaryngol 103:152-158, 1977)

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