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Painful rash of the auricle: Herpes zoster oticus

December 19, 2014  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Yuan-Yung Lin, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

A PCR assay in addition to conventional serologic testing provides quick confirmation of the diagnosis of herpes zoster oticus infection.

Microcomputed tomography of the stapes: Wide-ranging dimensions

April 30, 2018  |  Jason Patrick Calligas, MD; Norman Wendell Todd Jr., MD, MPH


Although human stapes are known to have varied dimensions and the footplate is considered to be oval (fitting as it does into the oval window), few studies of high-resolution imaging of these structures have been performed. No study appears to have addressed the bilateral...

Iatrogenic external auditory canal stenosis induced by silver nitrate

April 30, 2018  |  Samantha J. Mikals, MD; Zhen Huang, MD, MBA; Brian K. Reilly, MD, FACS, FAAP; Ashkan Monfared, MD

Further scientific study is needed on silver nitrate's effect on the tissues of the ear canal and mastoid bone to determine the extent of the inflammation caused by the foreign body reaction.

Schwartze sign

March 14, 2018  |  Kevin A. Peng, MD; John W. House, MD

The Schwartze sign is estimated to affect fewer than 10% of patients with otosclerosis, and it reflects the increased vascularity of otospongiotic bone in the otic capsule.

Risk of posterior semicircular canal trauma when using a retrosigmoid approach for acoustic neuroma surgery and role of endoscopy: An imaging study

January 14, 2018  |  Ali Kouhi, MD; Varasteh Vakili Zarch, MD; Ali Pouyan, MD


The rate of hearing preservation after vestibular schwannoma surgery is variable and is not as high as expected, possibly due to injuries to the posterior semicircular canal while exposing the tumor. The aim of this study was to estimate the risk of posterior semicircular canal...

Skin necrosis in a magnet-based bone-conduction implant

December 12, 2017  |  Sara Gallant, MD; Judy Lee, MD; Daniel Jethanamest, MD

Patients with complicated wound sites or multiple surgeries should be counseled to carefully monitor their skin as they have reduced sensation.

Presbycusis-peripheral and central

December 12, 2017  |  Kourosh Parham, MD, PhD, FACS; Karen M. Kost, MD, FRCSC

Approximately a quarter of older patients who own hearing aids do not use them.

Prognosticating hearing outcome in patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss by means of otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response

December 12, 2017  |  Masoud Motasaddi Zarandy, MD; Mohammad Taghi Khorsandi Ashtiani, MD; Shahin Bastaninejad, MD; Sasan Dabiri Satri, MD; Sevil Nasirmohtaram, MD; Nourullah Agha Ebrahimi, BSC


This is an analytic-descriptive study, parallel with a randomized, controlled trial performed at Amir'Alam Hospital, a tertiary referral center, with the aim of evaluating the correlation between otoacoustic emission (OAE) and auditory brainstem response (ABR) findings with...

A controlled comparison of auditory steady-state responses and pure-tone audiometry in patients with hearing loss

November 3, 2017  |  Raman Wadhera, MS; Sharad Hernot, MS; Sat Paul Gulati, MS; Vijay Kalra, MS


We performed a prospective interventional study to evaluate correlations between hearing thresholds determined by pure-tone audiometry (PTA) and auditory steady-state response (ASSR) testing in two types of patients with hearing loss and a control group of persons with normal...

"Live" tinnitus

November 3, 2017  |  Chia-Chun Liu, MD; Ming-Yee Lin, MD


Correlation between sensorineural hearing loss and chronic otorrhea

November 3, 2017  |  Fernanda Martinho Dobrianskyj, MS; Isis Rocha Dias Goncalves, DO; Yumi Tamaoki, DO; Edson Ibrahim Mitre, MD; Fernando A. Quintanilha Ribeiro, PhD


Many studies have attempted to correlate chronic otorrhea in children and in adults with the sensorineural hearing loss in the affected ear, with contradictory results. This loss might be the result of the likely toxicity of the bacteria involved, effects of inflammatory...

A novel etiology for pneumolabyrinth after temporal bone fracture without otic capsule involvement

November 3, 2017  |  Thomas J. Muelleman, MD; Vidur Bhalla, MD; Hinrich Staecker, MD, PhD


Pneumolabyrinth has been considered an indicator of otic capsule involvement in temporal bone fractures. We present a novel theory for the etiology of pneumolabyrinth in a trauma patient without an otic capsule fracture: passage of intrathecal air into the labyrinth. Our...