The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The prognostic value of the otoacoustic emission test in low frequency sudden hearing loss.

Low frequency sudden hearing loss (LFSHL) is a frequent finding in the otological practice. Several prognostic indicators have been suggested concerning the prediction of the outcome of sudden hearing loss, but so far there are no proven factors to establish the prognosis. The aim of this study was to assess whether OAEs could be considered as a reliable prognostic test in LFSHL. The study group consisted of 20 patients presenting with a unilateral LFSHL. Each patient was submitted to spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs), transient otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) and distortion products (DPOAEs) recording and then treated with glycerol administrated intravenously in 3-h intervals for 4 days. Pure tone audiometry (PTA) threshold was evaluated again 1 h after the last administration of glycerol. After osmotic therapy 12 patients (60%) showed a significant PTA improvement with a mean improvement of 11 dB; modifications were significant at the Student's t test for paired data (P<0.0001). The relationship between the pretherapy presence or absence of SOAEs, TEOAEs and DPOAEs and PTA modification was not significant at the exact Fisher's test. In conclusion, even if our study supports that OAEs could be an indicator of the inner ear functional state, they cannot be utilized as a prognostic test in LFSHL in relation to the efficacy of osmotic therapy. Among the other parameters evaluated, only the precocity of therapy seems to be related to prognosis in LFSHL.[1]


  1. The prognostic value of the otoacoustic emission test in low frequency sudden hearing loss. Canale, A., Lacilla, M., Giordano, C., De Sanctis, A., Albera, R. European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. (2005) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities