Sudden Hearing Loss

The American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation grant to test its sudden hearing loss guideline (SHL). The main SHL guideline awareness study also included a nested sub-study on steroid use (oral, IT, combined, sequential).

Study Details

The study enrolled 175 study subjects in the main study and 148 in the sub-study, meeting the recruitment goals for the project in this year. Sixteen research sites participated in the project.

Descriptive analyses on guideline compliance have been completed and the first manuscript is in process. The sub-study on steroids will constitute the second manuscript and is supposed to be submitted by September 2015. Closed for recruitment

Upcoming Presentation of Results from First Manuscript

(ON7): Practice Patterns in the Treatment of Sudden Hearing Loss
Oral Presentations – Otology/Neurotology (3:30 p.m. – 5pm)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:18 p.m.– 4:23 p.m.


  • David Witsell, MD, MHS – Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center OTO-HNS
  • Tawfiq Khoury, MD – PGY 2, Duke University Otolaryngology
  • Kristine Schulz, DrPH, MPH – Research, Duke University Medical Center
  • Debara L. Tucci, MD – Professor, Duke University

Impact of sudden hearing loss: Hearing loss is prevalent in 16.1% of adults, ages 20-69

Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that hearing loss is more prevalent among US adults than previously reported. The prevalence of US hearing loss differs across racial/ethnic groups. Findings suggest that hearing loss prevention (through modifiable risk factor reduction) and screening should begin in young adulthood.

Source: Agrawal Y, Platz EA, Niparko JK. Prevalence of hearing loss and differences by demographic characteristics among US adults: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Jul 28;168(14):1522-30.

Related resources

AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss