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Clinical Challenges
August 2005

Diagnostic and Management Dilemma of Sudden Hearing Loss

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(8):733-734. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.8.733

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Sudden SNHL continues to present a diagnostic and management dilemma to otolaryngologists. This otologic entity should be considered a syndrome with various causes, including acoustic neuromas. Diagnosis is hindered mainly by the limited availability of in vivo evaluation techniques for inner-ear disorders. Despite these challenges, recent animal studies and clinical research have increased our knowledge regarding the effect of corticosteroids on sudden hearing loss.

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