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Function of semicircular canals, utricles and saccules in deaf children
Karolinska Hospital.
2004 (English)In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, Vol. 124, no 1, 41-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To study vestibular function in deaf children.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 36 deaf children the function of the semicircular canals, saccules and utricles was measured by means of caloric testing, recordings of vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) and measurements of the subjective visual horizontal (SVH) at different body tilts, respectively.

RESULTS: In total, 30% of subjects had caloric hypo- or areflexia and 24% had a caloric asymmetry. VEMPs were weak or absent bilaterally in 22% of cases, and asymmetric in 19%. Regarding the utricle, 17% of subjects had a pathologically reduced perception of roll tilt to both sides and 25% had an asymmetry. In total, 30% of subjects were pathologic in all 3 tests and 30% were completely normal. Semicircular canal function correlated best with the function of the saccule. If hearing was better than 90 dB (pure-tone average of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 kHz) vestibular function was often normal. For hearing levels of 100-120 dB, otolith function declined significantly.

CONCLUSIONS: Vestibular function tends to be preserved up to a point where hearing is nearly extinct. Hearing level correlates more closely with otolith function, especially that of the utricle, than with semicircular canal function.

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2004. Vol. 124, no 1, 41-48 p.
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children, hearing loss, saccule, semicircular canal, subjective horizontal, utricle, vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials, vestibular function
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-45644DOI: 10.1080/00016480310002113ISI: 000188115400010PubMedID: 14977077OAI: diva2:452824
QC 20111102Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2011-11-02Bibliographically approved

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