OUR STUDY IS NOW CLOSED, BUT IF YOU HAVE SUDDEN HEARING LOSS IN ONE EAR YOU SHOULD SEEK CARE ASAP AT YOUR LOCAL OTOLARYNGOLOGY / AUDIOLOGY OFFICE
is sudden sensorineural hearing loss?
is intratympanic steroid therapy? (Flash video)
are the entry criteria?
if I have limited or no medical insurance?
centers around the U.S. initially participated in this clinical
study, and this was expanded to eight more centers in the U.S. and Canada.
We are analyzing the data from our five year study and the first publication of these results will take place in the next 1-2 years.
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland,
recruited the first patient for the SSNHL trial on Dec 22, 2004. We have recently completed the recruitment of patients for our study.
information for SSNHL investigators
if you are UNABLE to contact a specialist and if you have SSNHL within 2 weeks of the symptoms, you can also contact us at:
Hearing Loss (SSNHL) Multicenter Treatment Trial
Adult men or women (18 years and older) with a history of
normal hearing in both ears prior to symptoms
Sudden hearing loss in one ear (muffled
or absent hearing that occured within a 1 to 3 day
Symptoms of hearing loss must be within the past
1-14 days - patients that have had hearing loss
for longer than several weeks are not eligible.
Audiogram - thresholds of 50 dB
PTA or worse on the affected ear. The other ear
should have normal to near-normal hearing.
No more than 10 days of treatment with
- ideally, we need patients who have received no therapy
for this study.
We encourage referring physicians to not begin
any treatment on patients who are sent to one of the study
Any patients who do not fulfill our study criteria
will be started on appropriate therapy and returned to the
By recruiting patients who have received no treatment
prior to enrollment in our study, we can ensure that we
collect the most accurate data about how patients respond
to each of the randomized treatment arms.