Hearing Disorders: Vestibular Schwannomas and Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
KB is a 30-year-old female who presented for an audiologic evaluation for sudden hearing loss in the right ear. She reported that the hearing in her right ear declined abruptly 2 days prior to the appointment. She also reported constant tinnitus in the right ear and slight imbalance since the decline in hearing, as well as increased sensitivity to loud sounds in the right ear. She reported right aural fullness, but denied otalgia, a history of ear infections, as well as excessive noise exposure. When sudden hearing loss is caused by a viral infection, the patient may report cold-like symptoms from an upper respiratory infection (URI), but KB denied any symptoms of an URI or any other illnesses at the time of the hearing loss. Finally, she stated that her left ear had not been affected and she had not noticed any hearing issues in her left ear.