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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.

Speech perception and auditory performance following cochlear implantation in elderly Koreans

March 24, 2017  |  Sungsu Lee, MD, PhD; Hyong-Joo Park, MD; Hyong-Ho Cho, MD, PhD; Yong-Beom Cho, MD, PhD

Abstract

The benefits of cochlear implantation (CI) in the elderly remain debatable in terms of sound and speech perception. Moreover, the results of CI may be affected by the intensity and pitch of spoken language. We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate surgical and...

Glomus jugulare manifesting as angiogenesis of the external ear canal

March 24, 2017  |  Sei Y. Chung, BS; James K. Liu, MD, FACS; Richard Chan Woo Park, MD, FACS; Robert W. Jyung, MD

On otoscopic examination, one will usually see a red-blue vascular mass behind the tympanic membrane, often described as a “rising sun” emanating from the hypotympanum.

How successful is the fitting of digital hearing aids? Implications for the allocation of resources within national health systems

March 24, 2017  |  Petros V. Vlastarakos, MD, MSc, PhD; Alastair I. Cameron, BA (Hons), PGDip, MSc; Thomas P. Nikolopoulos, MD, DM, PhD

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective study to determine the success rate of initial fittings in digital hearing aid (DHA) users. We also addressed the implications of national health systems' continuing to provide access to these devices. We identified 1,597 consecutively presenting...

Analysis of caloric test responses in sudden hearing loss

February 20, 2017  |  Cheng-Ping Shih, MD; Yu-Ching Chou, PhD; Hsin-Chien Chen, MD, PhD; Jih-Chin Lee, MD; Yueng-Hsiang Chu, MD, PhD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

Abstract

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is characterized by a rapid-onset hearing loss that develops within 3 days. Vertigo may also be present. We conducted a retrospective study to investigate whether the severity of a loss of caloric function is associated with the initial hearing...

Is malignant otitis externa on the increase? A retrospective review of cases

February 20, 2017  |  Diana Bhasker, MBBS, MRCS(ENT); Angela Hartley, MBchB; Frank Agada, FRCS, RCS(ORL-HNS)

Abstract

We performed a retrospective review of all patients with malignant otitis externa (MOE) treated in our center between July 2004 and December 2012 to evaluate the current epidemiology in our region and to ascertain causative factors associated with the perceived increase in the...

Auricular complications in parotid, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base surgery

February 20, 2017  |  Patrick S. Carpenter, MD; Ryan C. Burgette, MD; John P. Leonetti, MD; Sam J. Marzo, MD

Abstract

Neoplasms located in the parotid region, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base represent a challenge due to their difficult anatomic location and surrounding neurovascular structures. A variety of surgical approaches are appropriate to access this area,...

Auricular solitary gouty tophus in a young adult

February 20, 2017  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

The auricle, with its supersaturation of blood uric acid due to decreased temperature and reduced blood flow, is prone to develop gouty tophi.

Acute bacterial meningitis caused by acute otitis media in adults: A series of 12 patients

January 25, 2017  |  Daniel M. Kaplan, MD; Ofer Gluck, MD; Mordechai Kraus, MD; Youval Slovik, MD; Hindy Juwad, Bsc

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective chart review to characterize the outcomes of 12 patients-9 men and 3 women, aged 21 to 79 years (mean: 49)-who had been treated at our tertiary care center for acute bacterial meningitis caused by acute otitis media (ABMAO). Fever was the most...

Evaluation of patient satisfaction with different hearing aids: A study of 107 patients

January 25, 2017  |  Seçkin Ulusoy, MD; Nuray Bayar Muluk, MD; Turhan San, MD; Cemal Cingi, MD

Abstract

We retrospectively investigated patient satisfaction with different types of hearing aids in 107 patients-60 males and 47 females, aged 8 to 84 years (mean: 53.8)-with unilateral or bilateral hearing loss, each of whom used two different hearing devices for at least 3 years per...

Mucous retention cyst of mastoid bone mimicking cholesteatoma

January 25, 2017  |  Nurdoğan Ata, MD; Suna Erkılıç, MD

Occlusion of mastoid cells and the aditus ad antrum caused by inflammatory diseases can result in poor ventilation and poor drainage of mastoid cells, which can in turn cause the formation of cysts.