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HBO for Sudden Deafness?

Is HBO effective for sudden deafness?

There is some question of the effectiveness of HBO in treating sudden deafness. It is not approved by the UHMS as a valid therapeutic measure.

Here is an article written by Dr. Allen Dekelboum in Pressure, the UHMS periodical:

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Here are some links that might be helpful in the decision making process.

http://www.azurweb.com/medsubhyp/cecen1.htm#indications
"* HBO, together with other treatment measures, such as hémodilution, is recommended in sudden deafness (Type 2
     recommendation). However, the respective efficacy of the two treatment modalities is not known at the moment."

http://www.sira.it/oti/hyperbar.htm
Which acute indications for HBO therapy?

Sano H, Okamoto M, Hirayama M, Ono Y, Nitta M, Hearing recovery in sudden
deafness with profound hearing loss, Nippon Jibiinkoka Gakkai Kaiho 1998
Jun;101(6):836-840,  Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, Kitasato University, Sagamihara. [Article in Japanese]

http://deafness.miningco.com/msubsd.htm
(a good review that does not mention HBO)

http://www.hbotherapy.com/entire.html
JAPAN
In Japan there are well over 200 hyperbaric oxygen chambers so that a patient is
never more than one hour away from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Promising
work is being continued in the treatment of sudden deafness and sudden
blindness.

http://www.strokedoctor.com/indicate.htm
SUMMARY OF INTERNATIONAL INDICATIONS FOR  HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY

http://www.smd.be/ohb/biblio.htm
a bibliography on sudden deafness, includes some references to HBO


  Some PubMed references

Hearing recovery in sudden deafness with profound hearing loss

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden deafness.

Sudden deafness: a randomized comparative study of 2 administration
modalities of hyperbaric oxygenotherapy combined with naftidrofuryl

Therapy of sudden deafness.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in sudden deafness


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