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World J Otorhinolaryngol. May 28, 2015; 5(2): 41-43
Published online May 28, 2015. doi: 10.5319/wjo.v5.i2.41
Diagnosis and treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss
Tsutomu Nakashima
Tsutomu Nakashima, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya 466-8550, Japan
Author contributions: Nakashima T solely contributed to this work.
Conflict-of-interest: None.
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Correspondence to: Tsutomu Nakashima, MD, PhD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65, Tsurumai-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8550, Japan. tsutomun@med.nagoya-u.ac.jp
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Received: January 5, 2015
Peer-review started: January 7, 2015
First decision: February 7, 2015
Revised: February 23, 2015
Accepted: April 16, 2015
Article in press: April 20, 2015
Published online: May 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Nationwide epidemiological studies of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) were performed five times between 1972 and 2012 in Japan and have revealed that the recovery rate of SSNHL has not improved for 40 years. Elucidation of the etiologies of SSNHL and development of treatments specific for these etiologies are expected.