Auditory neuropathy in a patient with hemochromatosis.
AuthorRance, G; Chisari, D
Source TitleJ Otol
AffiliationAudiology and Speech Pathology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRance, G. & Chisari, D. (2016). Auditory neuropathy in a patient with hemochromatosis.. J Otol, 11 (4), pp.185-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joto.2016.10.002.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6002616
Objective: To evaluate the auditory function of an individual with genetically confirmed hemochromatosis. Methods: A 57 year old male with mildly impaired sound detection thresholds underwent a range of behavioural, electroacoustic and electrophysiologic assessments. These included the recording of otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem responses, measurement of monaural temporal resolution and evaluation of binaural speech processing. Findings for this patient were subsequently compared with those of 80 healthy controls with similar audiometric thresholds. Results: The patient showed the three cardinal features of auditory neuropathy, presenting with evidence of normal cochlear outer hair cell function, disrupted neural activity in the auditory nerve/brainstem and impaired temporal processing. His functional hearing ability (speech perception) was significantly affected and suggested a reduced capacity to use localization cues to segregate signals in the presence of background noise. Conclusion: We present the first case of an individual with hemochromatosis and auditory neuropathy. The findings for this patient highlight the need for careful evaluation of auditory function in individuals with the disorder.
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