Surgical considerations in treating sensorineural hearing loss with acute and chronic otitis media

Michael M. Paparella, Oleg Froymovich

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Sensorineural hearing loss, especially of high frequencies, can be an important sequela of both acute and chronic otitis media. Recent studies of this phenomenon by various associates of our laboratory and clinic are briefly reviewed. Two illustrative case studies are presented. The first, involving acute purulent otitis media, showed both temporary threshold shift (TTS) and permanent threshold shift (PTS). The second case was a teenager with intractable chronic otitis media and mastoiditis and severe labyrinthine symptoms that were ameliorated with a "flexible" surgical approach. Surgical tips used to deal with this problem are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
From the Minnesota Ear, Head and Neck Chmc, Mmneapohs, MN, and the Otopathology Laboratory of the Department of Otolaryngology, Umvers~ty of Minnesota This work was supported m part by NIH NIDCD grant No P01-DC-00133 from the Nahonal Institute for Deafness and Commumcat~on Disorders, and by the International Hearing Foundation Address reprint requests to Michael M Paparella, MD, Minnesota Ear, Head and Neck Chmc, Suite 200, 701 25th Ave S, Mmneapohs, MN 55454 Copyright © 1995 by W B Saunders Company 1043-1810/95/0601-00025050 0/0


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