Sudden Hearing Loss

Published: August 2019
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  • Key Points
  • Tables
    • Definitions of Common Terminology
    • Summary of Key Action Statements
    • Recommended Technique for Weber and Rinne Testing
    • Some Symptoms and Signs Suggestive of Non-Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
    • Selected Conditions That May Be Associated With Bilateral SSNHL
    • General Guidelines for Corticosteroid Therapy for SSNHL
    • Common Issues Raised by Individuals with SSNHL
  • Algorithm
    • SHL Guideline Key Action Statements
  • Patient Information
    • Questions to Ask Your Provider About Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
    • Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) Frequently Asked Questions
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The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents approximately 12,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer.


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