Hearing Loss and Vision Problems Go Together as We Age

HHTM Staff: Preliminary research from Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco suggests certain vision problems in older adults is associated with a 50% higher risk of hearing loss.  Here is a summary of the research by Marilyn Schneck and colleagues: 446 adults with a mean age of 79.9 years had their hearing screened and…

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Neural Auditory Effects of Hansen’s Disease (Part 11 and final)

HHTM Staff: The leprosy series comes to an end today with a look at what is known of leprosy’s effects on the vestibulocochlear nerve (VIIIn) and into the brain.  Sensorineural hearing loss without vestibular symptoms is associated with leprosy, independent of antibiotic treatment.  Hearing loss is likely under-reported; likewise, leprosy itself likely goes undetected for…

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Hansen’s Disease and Auditory Vestibular Disorders (Part 10)

HHTM staff: This longer-than-expected series on leprosy nears an end with one more to follow after today’s post.  Leprosy is a complicated disease, hard to identify, easy to treat, hard to pin down auditory effects prior to diagnosis and treatment.  Even after the disease itself is diagnosed and hearing loss is reported, the audiologic diagnostic…

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Hansen’s Disease and Hearing Loss, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment (part 6)

HHTM Staff: Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) history, prevalence, clinical manifestations, mechanism of destruction, and means of diagnosis have been described so far in this series.  Today’s post touches on differential diagnosis and early, barbaric, ineffective treatment methods that  left those suspected of harboring the disease with ruined lives. Delayed Differential Diagnosis   The World Health Organization writes…

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Treating People Who Have Genetic-based Migraine and Ear Problems

HHTM readers: This is the third and final post  in a series  on a disorder commonly known as “Vestibular-Related Migraine.” I prefer the name, Gb-M&E syndrome (Genetic-based Migraine and Ear syndrome). The first two articles in this series contain the introductory material. Be sure to read those articles before this one.  Not only does this…

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