JAAA Editorial: Chronic Dizziness and Mental Health Comorbidity

The majority of patients who report experiencing an acute vestibular syndrome (i.e., neuritis or labyrinthine impairment) will be symptom free after a few weeks. There are those, however, who continue to experience symptoms even following medical treatment and therapy.

The investigators sampled 50 veterans and characterized their symptoms associated with dizziness and vertigo and catalogued their mental health comorbidities. This study illustrates how we must begin to look beyond just the structural impairments that are identified by laboratory testing and treat the patient as a whole.

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ACAE CORNER | Comorbid Conditions Associated with Hearing Loss: Another Challenge in Educating AuD Students

A growing body of research confirms a connection between hearing loss and a variety of chronic diseases and disorders (for reviews see Abrams, 2017; Besser et al, 2018). The medical term “comorbidities” is appearing increasingly in the audiological literature and also in clinical conversations about patient diagnosis and management. Audiologists have long known that specific often acute disease processes are related directly to different types of hearing loss. 

Topic(s): Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), comorbidity, Hearing Loss


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2019