This plain language summary explains sudden hearing loss (SHL) to patients and focuses on sudden sensorineural (pronounced sen-suh-ree-noo r-uh l) hearing loss (SSNHL). The summary is for adult patients aged 18 and over and is based on the 2019 “Clinical Practice Guideline: Sudden Hearing Loss (Update).” The guideline uses research to advise doctors and other health care providers on the proper testing and treatment of patients with SSNHL. The guideline includes recommendations that are explained in this summary. Recommendations may not apply to every patient but can be used to help patients ask questions and make decisions in their own care.
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