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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) and Hearing Loss, Identification (Part 5)

HHTM Staff: Hansen’s disease, (leprosy) is one of the “neglected” infectious diseases under review in this series.  Hansen’s is caused by a parasitic bacteria which makes a comfortable home in human bodies, sometimes for decades before manifesting as a variety of symptoms that depend on the person’s autoimmune response.   The bacteria is likely the oldest…

Read More