Hearing Loss

Middle Ear Hearing Implants – An Overview

Middle ear hearing implants belongs to the group of Implantable Acoustics or Mechanical hearing devices which are used in rehabilitative management of patients with hearing loss, offering an alternative to conventional hearing aids. The first clinically available Middle ear hearing implant was designed by Drs. Suzuki and Yanagihara in Japan for patients with irreversible middle

FDA Approves Cochlear Implants for Asymmetric, Single-Sided Deafness

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. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants work by turning sound into electrical signals and then directly stimulate the hearing nerves. Single-sided deafness (SSD) or asymmetric hearing

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) – Clinical presentation, Diagnosis and Treatment

Sudden hearing loss (SHL) is an emergency clinical condition characterized by a rapid-onset subjective sensation of hearing impairment in one or both ears. When not recognized and managed promptly, sudden hearing loss may result in persistent hearing loss and tinnitus and reduced patient quality of life. The National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders (NICDC) 

Sudden Hearing Loss: Updated Clinical Practice Guideline

Sudden hearing loss (SHL), defined as a rapid-onset subjective sensation of hearing impairment in one or both ears is an emergency in the ear-nose-throat clinical practice. If not recognized and managed promptly, sudden hearing loss may result in persistent hearing loss and tinnitus and reduced patient quality of life. The disease affects 5 to 27

NICE guidelines for Cochlear implantation in children and adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a non-departmental public body in England, that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. On 7th March 2019, NICE released an update for the 2009 cochlear implantation guidelines in children and adults with hearing loss. Cochlear implants are electronic prosthetic devices

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 inquiry, she gave a history of chronic headache, mild balance difficulties and past history of tonic-clonic seizures, treated with anti-epileptics for a year. Physical examination revealed an alert and oriented patient, with

World Hearing Day

Globally it is estimated that over 5% of the world’s population i.e around 466 million people – have disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). Unaddressed hearing loss is the leading cause of morbidity and poses an annual cost of $750 billion globally. It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million

WHO launches “hearWHO” app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss

To mark the World Hearing Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched “hearWHO“, a free application for smart mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. Over 5% of the world’s population i.e around 466 million people – have disabling hearing loss (432 million

Recurrent Meningitis with Hearing loss

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

I can’t hear you!

A 45-year-old locomotive driver consulted his family physician because of a ringing sensation in both his ears for the past 5 years. Away from work, he had difficulty understanding conversations in crowded rooms, and he said he often argued with his wife about the volume of the television set. He also complaints of depression that