What is the preferred treatment regimen for sudden hearing loss?

Updated: Aug 28, 2019
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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No preferred treatment regimen exists for sudden hearing loss.

Treatment can be based upon a rational approach. Based on the history, physical examination findings, and laboratory results, if no definitive or treatable etiology is found, the treatment regimen should be dictated by the most likely factors involved. Remembering that all the medications used in treatment of sudden sensory hearing loss have potential adverse effects, the best course of action must be agreed upon by the physician and the patient.

The treatment regimens for ISSHL are varied, and this diversity reflects both the different etiologies that may cause sudden hearing loss and the uncertainty in diagnosis. The therapies can be grouped by mechanism of action. Experimental outcomes for some of these therapies are discussed under Prognosis.


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