Short-term hearing fluctuation in Meniere's disease

Celene McNeill*, S. R M Freeman, Catherine McMahon

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess the extent and implications of short-term hearing fluctuation in Meniere's disease. Thirty-six subjects diagnosed with Meniere's were recruited to measure their own hearing using in-situ audiometry via a hearing aid (Widex Diva) and a portable programmer (SP3). Self-hearing tests measuring up to 14 frequency bands were conducted three times a day over eight weeks using the expanded SensogramTM. Twenty-three ears showed low frequency fluctuation while ten fluctuated in mid frequencies with some 'double peak' audiogram configurations. Eight ears in the later stages of Meniere's, contrary to expected, also recorded fluctuation across all frequencies. Self-hearing testing Meniere's ears over eight weeks revealed great hearing fluctuation with significant changes in audiogram configuration. It suggests that as endolymphatic hydrops progresses through the cochlea, low frequency fluctuation is followed by fluctuation in the mid frequencies, leading to fluctuation across all frequencies. Use of a self-hearing test may facilitate diagnosis and hearing aid fitting for this population, as clinical audiograms may not provide accurate information of hearing fluctuation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-600
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume48
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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