Journal article

Steroids for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Benjamin PC Wei, Dimitra Stathopoulos, Stephen O'Leary

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in The Cochrane Library in Issue 1, 2006 and previously updated in 2009.Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL) is a clinical diagnosis characterised by a sudden deafness of cochlear or retrocochlear origin in the absence of a clear precipitating cause. Steroids are commonly prescribed to treat this condition. There is no consensus on their effectiveness. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether steroids in the treatment of ISSHL a) improve hearing (primary) and b) reduce tinnitus (secondary).To determine the incidence of significant side effects from the medication. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Ear, Nose and..

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