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SUDDEN HEARING LOSS

STEROID INJECTIONS MAY HELP SUDDEN HEARING LOSS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Yearly, about one in 20,000 people will suddenly lose hearing in one ear. Treatment has been oral steroid medications, but now a new treatment has been developed by John Carey and colleagues at Johns Hopkins.

CAREY: We looked at whether injecting steroids in the ear for sudden hearing loss was equivalent to taking steroids by mouth and the short answer is its no worse than taking steroids by mouth for the majority of people who have a sudden hearing loss.       :19

Carey says the study doesnít have enough subjects to prove injected steroids are better, but the strategy makes sense.

CAREY: Getting a high concentration of steroids into that space where we think the inflammation occurs, and knocking down the inflammation as quickly and thoroughly as possible, to allow the ear to recover its normal hearing.       :12

At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

 

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