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Ear fullness characteristics and prognosis in patients with all-frequency sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 August 2021

E Zhou
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
X-P Xiao
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
B Liu
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
Z-Q Tan
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
G-Y Miao
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
X-B Liu
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
M-X Bu
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
X Cao
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital (First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Normal University), Changsha
J-Y Zhong*
Affiliation:
Department of PET Center, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China
*
Author for correspondence: Dr Jia-Yu Zhong, Department of PET Center, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, 410008, China E-mail: jane1991@csu.edu.cn Fax: +86 731 8536 1472

Abstract

Objective

This study investigated the characteristics and prognosis of the feeling of ear fullness in patients with unilateral all-frequency sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

Methods

Our study included 56 patients with a diagnosis of unilateral all-frequency sudden sensorineural hearing loss accompanied by a feeling of ear fullness and 48 patients without a feeling of ear fullness. The condition of these patients was prospectively observed.

Results

Positive correlations were observed between grading of feeling of ear fullness and hearing loss in patients with a feeling of ear fullness (r = 0.599, p < 0.001). No significant differences were observed in the total effective rate of hearing recovery between patients with and without a feeling of ear fullness after one month of treatment (Z = −0.641, p = 0.521). Eighty-six per cent of patients (48 out of 56) showed complete recovery from the feeling of ear fullness. There was no correlation between feeling of ear fullness recovery and hearing recovery (r = 0.040, p = 0.769).

Conclusion

The prognosis of feeling of ear fullness is good. There was no correlation between feeling of ear fullness recovery and hearing recovery for all-frequency sudden sensorineural hearing loss patients.

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Dr J-Y Zhong takes responsibility for the integrity of the content of the paper

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