Its all in the genes!

A 42 year old female was seen at an outside facility for progressive bilateral hearing loss and was referred to the otology clinic. On further enquiry, she gave history of chronic head ache, mild balance difficulties and past history of tonic-clonic seizures, treated with anti-epileptics for a year. Physical examination revealed an alert and oriented […]

Recurrent Meningitis with Hearing loss

A 12 year old male child was referred from pediatric department following resolution of third episode of meningitis, with complaints of left side hearing loss since childhood. Parents noticed the hearing loss on left side when the child was in fourth standard. No newborn hearing screening was done for the child at birth. Investigations Blood / […]

Noise Induced Hearing loss (NIHL)

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is defined as reduction in auditory acuity (hearing ability) associated with long term exposure to loud sounds. It is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). An early term for the condition was “boilermakers’ disease,” because so many workers who made steam boilers developed hearing […]

Prestin and Otolin 1 – early biomarkers of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is defined as reduction in auditory acuity (hearing ability) associated with long term exposure to loud sounds. It is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). There can be two types of hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds. The first one is temporary […]

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss is an early predictor of Cerebrovascular Accidents

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an acute dysfunction of the inner ear that affects men and women approximately equally, with a peak age-related incidence occurring between 50 and 60 years. The condition is defined as a documented hearing loss of 30dB or more in 3 or more sequential frequencies, occurring within a period of 3 […]

Opto-acoustic Cochlear implant to hear with light pulses

Cochlear implants are electronic prosthetic devices used in adults and children with sensory neural hearing loss, who are not benefited by the use of conventional hearing aids. They bypasses the functions of damaged hair cells inside the inner ear and directly stimulates the spiral ganglion of cochlear nerve (nerve of hearing).

Fully Implantable Cochlear Implant (FICI) with Piezoelectric Middle-Ear Sensor

Cochlear Implant (CI) is a prosthetic electronic device which replaces the function of damaged inner ear. CI provides direct electrical stimulation to the auditory (hearing) nerve in the inner ear bypassing the damaged hair cells. They are used in patients (both adults and children) with sensory neural hearing loss who are not benefited by conventional hearing aids. […]

Seasonal Variations of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is an inner ear disorder characterized by brief attacks of vertigo and associated nystagmus, precipitated by certain changes in head position with respect to gravity due to dislodged otoconia debris within the semicircular canals. It is the most common cause of dizziness in ENT patients, affecting 40% of them and it […]

Cochlear Implantation in Incomplete Partition type III

Incomplete Partition type III (IP-III) or most widely known as X linked deafness is an inner ear anomaly associated with congenital mixed hearing loss, fixation of stapes footplate and perilymph gusher during stapes or cochlear implant surgery . Phippard addressed this anomaly as pseudo-Mondini stage II and described as partial hypoplasia of the cochlea, stapes fixation, dilated […]