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Self reported hearing difficulties following excision of vestibular schwannoma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18574780     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A new questionnaire, developed to investigate self-reported hearing difficulties in unilateral deafness, was completed by 221 post-surgical vestibular schwannoma patients. Results were compared to a group of 51 normal hearers and 12 patients with severe unilateral deafness from other causes. The vestibular schwannoma patients rated their post surgical hearing as profoundly deaf in the operated ear, and worse than pre-surgical in the other. Factor analysis of the results revealed a general hearing factor and five factors, indirect listening, direct listening, face-to-face listening, noise and distance, and localization, representing performance in specific listening situations. Two factors, direct listening and face-to-face listening have not been commented upon previously in the literature. No differences were found between the hearing-impaired groups on any of the factors. Both groups gave ratings significantly worse than the normal hearers on all factors, and rated themselves worst on indirect listening, in which speech comes from the impaired side. It was concluded that severe unilateral deafness is a significant disability, requiring more attention in clinical practice, particularly with pre-surgical vestibular schwannoma patients.
Beth McLeod; Laurie Upfold; Alan Taylor
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of audiology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1708-8186     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Audiol     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-24     Completed Date:  2008-07-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140017     Medline TA:  Int J Audiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  420-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
MAC Audiology Service, Eastwood, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Cranial Nerve Neoplasms / surgery*
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Hearing Loss, Unilateral / diagnosis,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Neuroma, Acoustic / surgery*
Otologic Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome
Vestibulocochlear Nerve Diseases / surgery*

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