Current Challenges and Advances in Inner Ear Disorders

A special issue of Audiology Research (ISSN 2039-4349).

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Interests: hearing rehabilitation; middle and inner ear; ear surgery; cochlear implantation; auditory brainstem responses; facial nerve electrophysiology
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Dear Colleagues,

Hearing loss has a huge impact on the quality of life for millions of people, and as the average age of the population increases, the need for diagnostic and curative therapies targeting hearing loss and inner ear disorders has never been more important. Patients with recurrent episodes of vertigo with or without hearing loss (BPPV, Meniere's disease, migraine-associated vertigo), bilateral vestibular failure, ototoxicity, acoustic trauma, sudden hearing loss, immune-mediated inner ear disorders and otogenic facial palsy continue to be a challenge for the clinician. Correct diagnosis allows treatment for many of the peripheral and central vestibular disorders. Audiovestibular surgery and rehabilitation, including hearing aids, bone‐anchored hearing aids, cochlear/vestibular/auditory brainstem implantations should be performed early in the disease process to prevent chronic symptoms.

It is my pleasure to invite you and members of your research group to submit an article or review for a Special Issue on “Current Challenges and Advances in Inner Ear Disorders”. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to:

  • Inner ear fluids dynamics
  • Hair cell regeneration
  • Pathology and endolymphatic sac
  • Endolymphatic hydrops
  • Genetics, polymorphisms
  • Inner ear imaging
  • Vestibular testings (Vemps, video head impulse test)
  • Intratympanic steroids, Gentamycin
  • Cochlear implant
  • Hearing aids, implantable hearing devices
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Prof. Dr. George Psillas
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Keywords

  • inner ear disease
  • sensorineural hearing loss
  • positional vertigo
  • Meniere's disease
  • vestibular neuritis
  • autoimmune hearing loss
  • sudden hearing
  • cochlear implant
  • facial palsy

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Ménière’s Disease: Insights from an Italian Nationwide Survey
by Fulvio Mammarella, Antonella Loperfido, Elizabeth G. Keeling, Gianluca Bellocchi and Luca Marsili
Audiol. Res. 2023, 13(2), 160-168; https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres13020016 - 28 Feb 2023
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The aim of the present study was to obtain data from a large community sample of patients with Ménière’s disease (MD) in Italy through a web-based nationwide survey. Demographic, clinical, and epidemiological features of MD among members of the Italian Association of Ménière’s [...] Read more.
The aim of the present study was to obtain data from a large community sample of patients with Ménière’s disease (MD) in Italy through a web-based nationwide survey. Demographic, clinical, and epidemiological features of MD among members of the Italian Association of Ménière’s Disease (AMMI) were collected through a web-based survey. The questionnaire was posted on the AMMI website between 01/SEP/2021 and 31/OCT/2021. A total of 520 patients (374 F, 146 M) with MD were included. The age at interview (average ± standard deviation, SD) was 51.4 ± 10.9 years, with a disease duration of 9.9 ± 9.8 years. Eighty percent of cases were unilateral. No patients reported neurocognitive disorders or Parkinson’s disease. A positive family history of MD was reported in 13% of participants, while a history of allergic diseases was reported in 33%. Comorbid thyroid disorders were present in 25% of participants, and 28% used betahistine as the main treatment. To our knowledge, this is the first study that has investigated the epidemiology and current patterns of care of MD in Italy, using an anonymous survey directly sent to patients, thus implying their active participation. We hope that future studies will support the utilization of web-based surveys to address the unmet needs in the management of patients with MD. Full article
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Dissociation between Caloric and Video Head Impulse Tests in Dizziness Clinics
by Sofia Waissbluth and Valeria Sepúlveda
Audiol. Res. 2022, 12(4), 423-432; https://doi.org/10.3390/audiolres12040043 - 8 Aug 2022
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Vestibular assessment tests such as the video head impulse test (vHIT) for the horizontal semicircular canal, and caloric test (Cal), both evaluate horizontal canal function. One would assume that the outcomes for these tests should lead to concordant results, yet several studies have [...] Read more.
Vestibular assessment tests such as the video head impulse test (vHIT) for the horizontal semicircular canal, and caloric test (Cal), both evaluate horizontal canal function. One would assume that the outcomes for these tests should lead to concordant results, yet several studies have suggested that dissociation can occur in certain pathological conditions. As this topic remains inconclusive, this review aims to analyze the scientific evidence regarding the patterns of hypofunction observed in vHIT and Cal in different otoneurological diseases. A comprehensive review of the literature regarding dissociation between these tests in common neurotological diseases was carried out. Articles were analyzed when data for vHIT and Cal were described in a way that it was possible to calculate discordance rates; both retrospective and prospective studies were analyzed. In this review, the discordance rates were as follows: 56% in Ménière’s disease, 51.5% in vestibular migraine, 37.2% in vestibular schwannoma, and 20.8% in vestibular neuritis. These results highlight the benefit of using both Cal and vHIT, and that they are complementary tests. Full article
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