Ask an Expert: What Should Be Done About Hearing Loss?

Questions about hearing are answered by this week’s expert, Dr. Neil J. DiSarno of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Hearing Aids Ears and Hearing Baby Boomers Tinnitus Age, Chronological Source Type: news

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CONCLUSION: Family physicians play the primary role in managing patients with tinnitus and are well situated to address both the physiologic and the psychological manifestations. As tinnitus is very common, helping patients cope with the symptoms through conservative measures and reassurance can prove to have the best outcomes. PMID: 30002023 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Canadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Can Fam Physician Source Type: research
Abstract To obtain real-world insights into the hearing difficulties of individuals, the field of hearing research has recently started to adopt ecological momentary assessment. Using this approach, study participants describe their experiences in real time, in their own natural environment. This paper describes the use of ecological momentary assessment in hearing research to date. Several studies have shown the approach is feasible and has good construct validity for use with adults with hearing impairment and/or tinnitus. Two recent studies conducted by the authors are described. The first study investigated th...
Source: Hearing Research - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Hear Res Source Type: research
Semin Hear 2018; 39: 123-134 DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1641739Persons with clinically significant tinnitus also may have mild sensorineural hearing loss (MSNHL). The purpose of this study was to describe patients with tinnitus and MSNHL and factors predicting hearing-aid uptake (HAU). We conducted a retrospective chart review with regression modeling of patients presenting to a specialty tinnitus clinic over a 2.5-year period. Stepwise logistic regression on data from patient charts was conducted. Of 133 patients seen, two-thirds had MSNHL (95% confidence interval [CI]: 58.9–75.0; mean age = 53.4 years; stand...
Source: Seminars in Hearing - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Conclusions A considerable proportion of patients with tinnitus would accept a variety of invasive treatments despite the associated risks or costs. When clinical neuromodulatory studies for tinnitus are to be performed, particular attention should be given to obtaining informed consent, including explaining the potential risks and providing a realistic outcome expectation.
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Further studies on the use and effects of combined amplification and sound generation for tinnitus are indicated, including further efficacy studies, evidence synthesis, development of guidelines, and recommended procedures that are based on existing knowledge, expert knowledge, and clinical service evaluations.
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Scoping Review Source Type: research
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Source: AARP.org News - Category: American Health Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: A shift away from aetiology and physiological tests is needed so that tinnitus is managed as a persistent unexplained set of symptoms. This uncertainty is challenging for the medical professionals; lessons could be learned from the use of therapeutic skills. Further research is required to test techniques, such as the use of decision aids, to determine how we might create the ideal clinical encounter. Statement of contribution What is already known on this subject? Tinnitus is a condition in which sound is heard in the absence of an external source. Current approaches to managing tinnitus vary depending on cli...
Source: British Journal of Health Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Br J Health Psychol Source Type: research
Conclusions: A considerable proportion of patients with tinnitus would accept a variety of invasive treatments despite the associated risks or costs. When clinical neuromodulatory studies for tinnitus are to be performed, particular attention should be given to obtaining informed consent, including explaining the potential risks and providing a realistic outcome expectation. PMID: 29507954 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Audiology - Category: Audiology Authors: Tags: Am J Audiol Source Type: research
[Strategies for a regenerative therapy of hearing loss. German version]. HNO. 2018 Feb 15;: Authors: Diensthuber M, Stöver T Abstract Despite impressive technical progress in the field of conventional hearing aids and implantable hearing systems, the hopes for the treatment of inner ear diseases such as hearing loss and tinnitus have become increasingly directed toward regenerative therapeutic approaches. This review discusses the currently most promising strategies for hair cell regeneration in the inner ear to treat hearing loss, including stem cell-based, gene transfer-based, and pharmacol...
Source: HNO - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: HNO Source Type: research
Diagnostic audiologic procedures for otosclerosis are effective tools in identifying this condition. Audiometric data usually demonstrate a conductive hearing loss at the early stages of otosclerosis. Modern middle ear analysis procedures are becoming more popular in the better diagnosis of otosclerosis. In clinical practice, cochlear otosclerosis can also be observed. Audiologic rehabilitation of otosclerosis includes fitting of hearing aids and implantable hearing devices. Current hearing technology enables patients who do not pursue surgical correction to function well and significantly improve their communication and q...
Source: Otolaryngologic clinics of North America - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Source Type: research
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