Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss, Modern Treatment and Cure (part 7)

HHTM staff: Today’s post continues the discussion of Hansen’s disease, leprosy, as part of HHTM’s infectious diseases series.  Last post described the difficulties of differential diagnosis and early philosophies of care and treatment of this little-understood but stigmatizing disease. Leprosariums in the 19th and 20th century isolated and quarantined-for-life those thought to have leprosy.  Carville…

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Audiology and Malaria: a Proposed Protocol (Malaria Part 5)

HHTM Staff HHTM readers Last series post concluded with a cry of concern: At some point Audiologists encounter patients with malarial effects; Pediatric Audiologists will encounter infants born to mothers who had malaria and malarial treatments. What are we to do when this happens? We lack guidance.  Today’s post wraps up the malaria series and concludes…

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Quinine part 2: Old, Effective, Bitter, Ototoxic, Reliable

Last post briefly reviewed quinine’s colorful and deadly history.  It’s the oldest and most drug-resistant malarial treatment, also the most readily available, least expensive, and most dreadful.  It was the single cure for malaria until World War II, when malaria wreaked havoc on US soldiers in the Pacific theater of operations and the search for new,…

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Quinine: Old, Effective, Bitter, Ototoxic: Malaria Part 4

HHTM Staff HHTM Readers: drug regimens for prevention and/or treatment of malaria were the topics for the last two series posts, following a post on the disease itself.  The disease is terrible and so are the handful of drugs used to prevent or treat it.  Quinine is the standout – historically, politically, economically, audiologically, and…

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Anti-Malarial Drug Effects on Hearing and Balance: Malaria Part 3

HHTM Staff HHTM readers,  The last blog post on malaria in The Audiology Condition described preventive approaches–mainly “chemoprophylactic” medication regimens– used to avoid contracting malaria in countries where the disease is endemic. There are five drugs in the preventive regime.  None are effective in all endemic countries, all have side effects that include hearing and…

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