What is included in patient education about 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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The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) guidelines recommend physicians educate patients with sudden hearing loss about the natural history of the condition, the benefits and risks of medical interventions, and the limitations of existing evidence regarding efficacy. Physicians should obtain follow-up audiometry within six months of diagnosis and counsel patients with incomplete hearing recovery about the possible benefits of amplification and hearing assistive technology and other supportive measures. [14]

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Hearing Loss.


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