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Current evaluation of pseudohypacusis: strategies and classification.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9716863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Some cases of pseudohypacusis may involve medicolegal aspects and require a confirmed and quantitative diagnosis. These challenging cases must be identified, and then evaluated with basic audiologic and sophisticated electrophysiologic tests. Data on 64 patients with pseudohypacusis collected over a 4-year period are reported. A classification system was developed from an analysis of these cases and is presented for clinical evaluation and diagnosis. In many cases, conventional audiologic evaluation involving pure tone and speech audiometry may be adequate and sufficient for diagnosis. In more complex cases, evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAEs) and auditory brain stem responses (ABRs) are needed for confirmation of peripheral auditory sensitivity. We found that EOAEs were the most rapid economical, and objective method, and confirmed the diagnosis of hearing loss in 78.1% of cases. Fifteen percent of subjects required ABRs to substantiate the diagnosis. The reliability of basic audiologic tests based on previous clinical investigations and data from the literature are discussed. We conclude that a thorough knowledge and understanding of pseudohypacusis is essential to verify the existence of pseudohypacusis, to determine its type, and to quantify the auditory thresholds.
W W Qiu; S S Yin; F J Stucker; L W Welsh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology     Volume:  107     ISSN:  0003-4894     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-09-28     Completed Date:  1998-09-28     Revised Date:  2006-05-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0407300     Medline TA:  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  638-47     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / methods
Auditory Threshold
Cochlea / physiopathology
Electric Stimulation
Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem
Hearing Loss, Conductive / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Reflex, Acoustic / physiology
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Speech Reception Threshold Test
Time Factors

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