Audiological correlates of tumor parameters in acoustic neuromas.

Tutar H., DÜZLÜ M., Goksu N., Ustun S., Bayazit Y.

European archives of oto-rhino-laryngology : official journal of the European Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (EUFOS) : affiliated with the German Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol.270, no.2, pp.437-41, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


The objective of this study was undertaken to evaluate a correlation of pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry with tumor size, the presence of intrameatal extension, contralateral pure tone audiometry, and contralateral speech audiometry results at acoustic neuroma (AN) patients. Seventy-six patients with a unilateral-cerebellopontine angel tumor with/without internal acoustic canal (IAC) were included in this study. Data on pure tone audiometry, speech discrimination scores (SDS), speech reception thresholds (SRT), tumour size, and extension to IAC were analyzed retrospectively. As a result, patients with unilateral ANs had an asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss and had an asymmetric finding on the results of speech audiometry was present. We could not find any correlation between the size of the tumor and the hearing levels at each frequency. In addition, there appeared to be no significant correlation between the extension of tumor to the IAC and the audiological findings.