Miscellaneous Ear Disorders

FDA Approves Marketing of First User-Fitted Hearing Aid

October 09, 2018

"Today's marketing authorization provides certain patients with access to a new hearing aid that provides them with direct control over the fit and functionality of the device," said Malvina Eydelman, MD, director of the FDA's Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices.

Hearing Assessment Test Now Available for At-Home Screening

By September 12, 2018

The approval of the test was based on a clinical study (N=96) which compared the iHEARtest with the WHO method for determining hearing impairment.

Risk of Cochlear Disorders Up With History of Migraine

July 18, 2018

For the migraine and non-migraine cohorts, the incidence rates of cochlear disorders were 81.4 and 29.4 per 1 million person-years, respectively.

Sodium Thiosulfate Post-Cisplatin May Lessen Hearing Loss

June 27, 2018

In 33% of children in the cisplatin-sodium thiosulfate group and 63% in the cisplatin-alone group, hearing loss of grade 1 or higher occurred, which indicated a 48% lower incidence of hearing loss in the cisplatin-sodium thiosulfate group.

Cardiovascular Comorbidity Tied to Hearing Loss in Older Old

June 20, 2018

Among 96 patients with 2 audiograms performed from which the rate of hearing loss could be calculated, 32 and 64 had CVD or related risk factors and were healthy controls, respectively.

Portable Music Player Use Linked to Hearing Loss in Children

June 18, 2018

Overall, 14.2% of all children had audiometric notches and high-frequency hearing loss; 4.5, 7.6, and 2.1% fulfilled the criteria of a notch, high-frequency hearing loss, and both, respectively.

Healthful Diet Linked to Reduced Risk of Hearing Loss in Women

May 17, 2018

The multivariable-adjusted relative risks (MVRRs) of hearing loss were 0.70 and 0.71 for women with scores in the highest vs the lowest quintile for Alternate Mediterranean diet (AMED) and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), respectively.

Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients

By May 10, 2018

Communication with older patients can be complicated for several reasons.

Child Secondhand Pot + Tobacco Exposure Ups Risk for ER Visits

May 07, 2018

The rate of emergency department visitation was similar for all groups, except the marijuana plus tobacco group, which had a significantly higher rate of emergency department visits compared with controls.

Non-Surgical Solution Approved for Conductive Hearing Loss

By May 01, 2018

The ADHEAR audio processor device attaches to an adhesive adapter that is placed behind the ear.

Lonafarnib May Lower Mortality in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria

April 25, 2018

Patients were treated for a median of 2.2 years. The researchers found that the primary cause of death was heart failure (79.4%), when identified. One death (3.7%) occurred among the 27 patients in the first trial group; among the 27 patients in the matched untreated group, there were 9 deaths (33.3%).

Hearing Difficulty May Up Risk of Accidental Injury

March 23, 2018

Compared to normal-hearing adults, those with a little trouble hearing, moderate trouble hearing, and a lot of trouble hearing had increased odds of accidental injury (odds ratios, 1.6, 1.7, and 1.9, respectively).

FDA Fast Tracks Pedmark for Prevention of Cisplatin-Induced Ototoxicity

By March 21, 2018

The Clinical Oncology Group Protocol ACCL0431 trial enrolled 125 pediatric patients newly diagnosed with a germ cell tumor, hepatoblastoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, or other malignancy.

Significantly Higher Prevalence of Hearing Loss Following Infant Cardiac Sx

March 05, 2018

The researchers found that the prevalence of hearing loss was 21.6% overall, 12.4% for conductive hearing loss, 6.9% for sensorineural hearing loss, and 2.3% for indeterminate hearing loss.

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss Recovery Lower in Metabolic Syndrome

February 16, 2018

The researchers found that the groups with and without metabolic syndrome had similar mean pure-tone audiometry thresholds at baseline but that recovery rates after treatment were significantly lower in the metabolic syndrome group.

Prevalence of Hearing Loss Examined in U.S. Heart Failure Patients

January 29, 2018

Among individuals with HF, the prevalence of hearing loss was 74.4% versus 63.3% among those without HF.

Presurgical MRI May Predict Speech Outcomes Following Cochlear Implant

January 17, 2018

The researchers detailed neuroanatomical networks that were affected or unaffected by auditory deprivation based on the comparison of CI candidates and control children.

FDA Clears Remote Programming for Nucleus Cochlear Implant

By November 20, 2017

Cochlear implants often require regular programming visits with an audiologist.

Adolescent Hearing Loss: Is it on the Rise?

November 09, 2017

The researchers found that 13 of 90 comparisons of prevalence showed a statistically significant increase across combinations of degree, frequency, and laterality of hearing loss.

CDC: Heart Disease, Hearing Loss Screening Overlooked for Many Newborns

August 29, 2017

"Newborn screening at birth is crucial to quickly identify infants at risk of hearing loss and congenital heart disease so they can receive early intervention and follow-up care," Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, director of the CDC.

Macrolide Antibiotics and Hearing Loss: What's the Risk?

By August 25, 2017

Analysis of the cases found that standard doses of both oral and intravenous macrolide administration were associated with SNHL.

Dementia Risk Up in Older Patients with Hearing Loss

July 31, 2017

The researchers found that in cross-sectional analyses, participants with self-reported or objective moderate and poor hearing were more likely to have a dementia diagnosis than those with normal hearing, after adjustment for potential confounders.

Perrigo Approved for Generic DermOtic Oil Ear Drops

By July 19, 2017

Fluocinolone Acetonide Oil will be available as 0.01% strength drops in 90 days.

Hearing Aids vs OTC Amplification Products: Performance Assessment

July 06, 2017

The researchers measured the average accuracy — the percentage of the time that the participants understood the sentences. It was 76.5% without a hearing aid, 88.4% with the hearing aid, and 81.4 to 87.4% with four of the amplification devices.

HRT May Up Hearing Loss Risk in Postmenopausal Women

May 16, 2017

Older age at menopause also appears to increase the risk

Ear Injury from Cotton Tip Applicators Still Prevalent

By May 08, 2017

Study authors reported that the most common injury was foreign body sensation (30%), followed by perforated ear drum (25%) and soft tissue injury (23%).

Diagnosing Goya: Unraveling Medical Mysteries of the Past

By April 28, 2017

A doctor has looked back at famous Spainish painter Francisco Goya and the mysterious illness that left him deaf and narrowed her diagnosis down to two possibilities

Watchful Waiting Cost-Effective for Acute Otitis Media

March 07, 2017

Doctors conducted a retrospective review of a random selection of 250 patients aged ≤18 years with AOM in the emergency department.

Guidelines for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Management Updated

March 06, 2017

New evidence was included from two clinical practice guidelines, 20 systematic reviews, and 27 randomized controlled trials.

Novel Approaches to Hearing Loss Needed as Rates Set to Double in U.S.

March 06, 2017

According to the researchers of a new letter published in JAMA, in 2020, 55.4% of all adults with hearing loss will be 70 or older. In 2060, that rate will jump to 67.4%.