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Sudden Hearing Loss
Sudden deafness is severe sensorineural hearing loss that develops within a few hours or is noticed on awakening. Sudden deafness has some causes that differ from chronic hearing loss and must be addressed immediately. In addition to audiometry, most clinicians use which of the following to diagnose causes that are not clinically apparent?
  1. MRI
  2. Tympanometry
  3. CT
  4. Electronystagmography 


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