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Aust Fam Physician. 2008 May;37(5):312-6, 319-20.

Asymmetrical hearing loss.

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The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria. jessicaprasad@mac.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

General practitioners are usually the first point of contact for patients with hearing loss. Asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss can be a symptom of a wide range of diseases. A correct diagnosis is essential for appropriate treatment and limitation of the progression of hearing loss.

OBJECTIVE:

This article provides an outline for an approach to a patient presenting with asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss, and also provides a brief summary of four disease processes which may present with asymmetrical hearing loss.

DISCUSSION:

Asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss may be secondary to the process of aging or simply be related to excessive noise exposure. It can however, be the only presenting symptom of a vestibular schwannoma or an intracranial tumour. A high level of clinical suspicion is required to ensure that these pathologies are not missed.

PMID:
18464959
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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