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I am a Neurologist, What Otology do I Need to Know?

Rosalyn A. Davies and Louisa J. Murdin

in Oxford Textbook of Vertigo and Imbalance

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199608997
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199608997.003.0010

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology

I am a Neurologist, What Otology do I Need to Know?

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To the neurologist, the ear is an end-organ transmitting vital sensory information about hearing and balance through a single cranial nerve to the brain. The clinician may only be challenged to think from an ontological perspective when the patient describes hearing loss or tinnitus, and then a systematic assessment of the ear becomes essential. Because of the complex inter-relationship between structure and function in the auditory system, an accurate assessment of hearing is best made using both otological and audiological information. The first part of the chapter will concentrate on the examination of the ear, and the second part on the assessment of hearing with site-specific details of hearing disorders.

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Subjects: Neurology

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