Ear, Nose & Throat

Consumer comments needed on a review of the treatment of sudden hearing loss with steroids applied into the middle ear

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

Do you have experience of sudden hearing loss (either yourself or a family member/friend)? Cochrane ENT is looking for a consumer/lay person to provide some comments on a new review of the treatment of sudden hearing loss with steroids applied into the middle ear.

Sudden hearing loss is a condition characterised by sudden onset of reduced or absent hearing. People have often used corticosteroids – a type of anti-inflammatory medicine - to treat the condition. These medicines are usually taken by mouth or injected into the body (known as systemic corticosteroids), but can also be given as an injection directly into the middle ear, through the eardrum (known as intratympanic corticosteroids). At the moment it is not clear whether intratympanic treatment is effective, or which of these treatments (intratympanic or systemic) is best for treating this condition.

We are looking for comments in around three weeks and provide a checklist (with prompt questions) to complete.

Ideal applicant

Experience of sudden hearing loss (either self or family member/friend) and able to provide some comments within three weeks.

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