Sudden Hearing Loss Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

                                                             

 

Sudden loss of hearing, not associated with aging and without any apparent trigger or injury (such as a loud noise), is estimated to have effected 66,000 people annually in the United States.  Inflammation in the inner ear, ringing and dizziness are known to accompany what doctor's label as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNL).   A recent article featured in the Washington Post, "When to Worry About Sudden Hearing Loss and What to Do About It," speaks of the effectiveness of early administration of hyperbaric oxygen therapy alongside conventional medical treatment for the condition.  The American Academy of Otolarygology-Head and Neck Surgery recently advised medical doctors of its updated guidelines which include the use of HBOT in its Key Action Statements for this true hearing emergency.