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Short-term hearing fluctuation in Meniere's disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19842814     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to assess the extent and implications of short-term hearing fluctuation in Meniere's disease. Thirty-six subjects diagnosed with Meniere's were recruited to measure their own hearing using in-situ audiometry via a hearing aid (Widex Diva) and a portable programmer (SP3). Self-hearing tests measuring up to 14 frequency bands were conducted three times a day over eight weeks using the expanded Sensogram. Twenty-three ears showed low frequency fluctuation while ten fluctuated in mid frequencies with some 'double peak' audiogram configurations. Eight ears in the later stages of Meniere's, contrary to expected, also recorded fluctuation across all frequencies. Self-hearing testing Meniere's ears over eight weeks revealed great hearing fluctuation with significant changes in audiogram configuration. It suggests that as endolymphatic hydrops progresses through the cochlea, low frequency fluctuation is followed by fluctuation in the mid frequencies, leading to fluctuation across all frequencies. Use of a self-hearing test may facilitate diagnosis and hearing aid fitting for this population, as clinical audiograms may not provide accurate information of hearing fluctuation.
Celene McNeill; Simon R M Freeman; Catherine McMahon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of audiology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1708-8186     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Audiol     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-21     Completed Date:  2010-01-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140017     Medline TA:  Int J Audiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  594-600     Citation Subset:  IM    
Healthy Hearing & Balance Care, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry / methods
Functional Laterality
Hearing Aids
Hearing Disorders / complications*
Hearing Tests / methods
Meniere Disease / complications*
Middle Aged
Time Factors

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