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 as a Causal Factor in Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Part 9)

HHTM Staff: Today’s post almost completes the Hansen’s disease/Leprosy series and the connection to sensorineural hearing loss.  Last post tabulated data from all available studies, concluding that: vestibular disorders are uncommon or not related to Hansen’s disease hearing loss is related and under-reported, possibility to a large degree the hearing losses are sensorineural the hearing losses…

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Hansen’s Disease and Auditory Vestibular Disorders (Part 8)

HHTM staff: In the penultimate post on leprosy,  the series finally begins addressing how the auditory/vestibular system fits into the spectrum of symptoms comprising this 20+ million year old disease.  The bacterial parasite that haunts the human body and causes leprosy had evaded scientific and medical understanding, even in the modern world.    Audiology is no…

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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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Nasal Balloons for Otitis Media with Effusion

By: Diana Holan, MS For decades, the standard medical treatment for childhood ear infections was antibiotic treatment, or PE tubes for difficult cases. According to a 2012 NIH report, there was a significant decline in office visits by children with otitis media (35% in 1997 to 25% in 2007), with the sharpest drop for children…

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