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ORAL OR INJECTION?

HAVING AN EAR INJECTION OFFERS ADVANTAGES OVER ORAL STEROIDS FOR SUDDEN HEARING LOSS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If you have sudden hearing loss, oral steroid medications may be used to reduce inflammation and allow your hearing to return, but a Johns Hopkins study led by John Carey has shown that injecting steroids directly into the middle ear also helps, and avoids the significant side effects seen with oral steroid medications.

CAREY: High dose oral steroids raise your blood sugar, they raise your blood pressure, increase the chance of cataract, thin the bones, etcetera, so a two week course of oral steroids, as we typically give for hearing loss is tolerable for many people but itís not fun for most people. Your sleep is disrupted, your stomach can be upset, people feel very jittery and anxious, and if theyíre already on the edge blood sugar can go over the edge fairly quickly.       :28

Carey says everyone should seek medical attention immediately if they experience sudden hearing loss. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.

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