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MMW Fortschr Med. 2005 Apr 7;147(14):37-8.

[The incidence of sudden hearing loss is greater than previously assumed].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Krankheiten der LMU München.


The global incidence of sudden hearing loss is quoted to be 5-20 new cases/100,000 inhabitants/year. In the opinion of the present authors, the data on which these figures are based, are too old, methodologically questionable and non-transferable. An analysis of data from the compulsory health insurance carriers in Baden-Württemberg and the Nordrhein district suggests that an appreciably higher incidence must be assumed for Germany. Statistical processing of the numerical data of all cost carriers is necessary if we are to obtain an accurate incidence for Germany.

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