Habilitation of Auditory and Vestibular Dysfunction

Hillary A. Snapp, Michael C. Schubert

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Abstract

Although unilateral hearing loss is often the initial sign of vestibular schwannoma (VS), the pathogenesis of the associated structures within the cerebellopontine angle can result in vestibular, facial, or vascular symptoms. Removal of a VS causes deficits in hearing, balance, and gaze stability. The resulting hearing loss eliminates the benefits of binaural listening that provide localization, loudness summation, and listening-in-noise ability. Reduced balance and gaze stability increase fall risk. This review discusses modern treatment options for auditory and vestibular rehabilitation including contralateral routing of signals (CROS), bilateral CROS, bone-anchored implants, tinnitus management, gaze and gait stability exercises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-511
Number of pages25
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • Auditory dysfunction
  • Hearing rehabilitation
  • Quality of life
  • Vestibular dysfunction
  • Vestibular schwannoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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