Sudden deafness: is it viral?

  title={Sudden deafness: is it viral?},
  author={Saumil N. Merchant and Marlene L. Durand and Joe C. Adams},
  journal={ORL; journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties},
  volume={70 1},
  pages={52-60; discussion 60-2}
A number of theories have been proposed to explain the etiopathogenesis of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL), including viral infection, vascular occlusion, breaks of labyrinthine membranes, immune-mediated mechanisms and abnormal cellular stress responses within the cochlea. In the present paper, we provide a critical review of the viral hypothesis of ISSHL. The evidence reviewed includes published reports of epidemiological and serological studies, clinical observations and… CONTINUE READING


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