Sudden hearing loss
P. Levie*, O. Desgain*, C. de Burbure **, P. Germonpré***, J-P. Monnoye*, M-P. Thill****, M. Barthelemy*****, V. Monnoye*, R. Kuhweide******, J. Claes******* and Th. Robillard********
*ENT Department, Cliniques SteAnne-St Remi, Brussels; **Pathology, St Luc Teaching Hospital, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels; ***Center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Military Hospital, Brussels; ****ENT Department, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire St Pierre, Brussels; *****ENT Department, CHU de Charleroi, Charleroi; ******ENT Department, Algemeen Ziekenhuis St-Jan, Brugge; *******ENT Department, Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, Universitaire InstellingAntwerpen; ********ENT Department, Clinique Sainte Elisabeth, Namur
Guidelines; sudden deafness; management
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Sudden hearing loss.This update on the latest studies and management policies for patients suffering from sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) represents a cooperative effort of Belgian ENT surgeons from various corners of the country. SSHL has an incidence ranging from 5 to 20 cases per 100,000 persons per 1-3 year, and is a relative medical emergency, as only 30% to 65% of the patients recover spontaneously. Nowadays, treatment varies a great deal between countries and hospitals. The various etiologies and therapeutic modalities are reviewed, and evidence levels are indicated. Finally, diagnostic and therapeutic organigrams are proposed along with a Belgian therapeutic cocktail in view of conducting a large Belgian study on the management of SSHL.
Suppl. 6, 2007

Sudden hearing loss