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A comparison between the feeling of ear fullness and tinnitus in acute sensorineural hearing loss.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18307093     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The feeling of ear fullness (FEF) occurs frequently in patients with acute sensorineural hearing loss; the same is true for tinnitus (TIN). However, the cause of FEF in these patients is unclear. This study included 171 ears of patients admitted with unilateral sudden deafness to the ENT division of Fukuoka University Hospital between January 2001 and December 2004. The results showed TIN was mainly associated with worse high-frequency hearing thresholds, where hearing loss was relatively severe, and this association became stronger after the hearing threshold stabilized. FEF was associated with the low-frequency region, where hearing loss was relatively mild, and this association disappeared after the hearing threshold stabilized. In conclusion, TIN is thought to originate in the region where hair cells are impaired; in contrast, FEF may originate from some functional factor rather than an organic lesion of the cochlea.
Toshifumi Sakata; Yoshito Esaki; Takafumi Yamano; Naoyuki Sueta; Takashi Nakagawa
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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 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-29     Completed Date:  2008-03-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140017     Medline TA:  Int J Audiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  134-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Fukuoka, School of Medicine, Nanakuma, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Auditory Threshold / physiology
Ear / pathology*
Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / physiopathology*
Hearing Loss, Sudden / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Sensation Disorders / physiopathology*
Tinnitus / physiopathology*

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