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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration
Steroids for Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Wei, B. P., Mubiru, S., et al. (2006).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(1).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a systematic review of randomized controlled trials investigating the use of steriods for the treatment of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSHL).

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Patients of any age with ISSHL and treated with steroids.

Intervention/Assessment: Steroids and other trialed treatment modalities for ISSHL.

Number of Studies Included: 2

Years Included: Through December 2004



There is a lack of evidence to suggest the effectiveness of steroids in the treatment of ISSHL due to the quality of the studies reviewed.

Keywords: Hearing Loss

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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