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  1. 16 Jul 2014
    Interventions to improve hearing aid use in adult auditory rehabilitation New
    Review question We wanted to know if any interventions helped people to wear their hearing aids more. We measured effects over the short term (less than 12 weeks), medium term (from 12 to 52 weeks) and long term (one year plus). Background Hearing loss is very common. People who get hearing loss as adults are often offered a hearing aid(s). ...
  2. 1 Jul 2014
    Drugs to prevent hearing loss in children receiving platinum chemotherapy for cancer Updated
    Platinum-based chemotherapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin and/or oxaliplatin, is used in the treatment of different types of childhood cancer. Unfortunately, one of the most important adverse effects of platinum chemotherapy is hearing loss. This can occur not only during treatment but also years after the end of treatment. Although hearing loss ...
  3. 29 Jun 2014
    Zinc supplements for preventing middle ear infections
    Background Middle ear infections are common, especially among young children, usually causing earache and some temporary (occasionally permanent) hearing loss. Zinc is an essential micronutrient, which has a role in the optimal functioning of the immune system and resistance to infection. It must be consumed regularly as it cannot be stored in the ...
  4. 26 Jun 2014
    Different infusion durations for preventing platinum-induced hearing loss in children with cancer
    Platinum-based chemotherapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin or oxaliplatin, or a combination of these, is used to treat different types of childhood cancer. Unfortunately, one of the most important adverse effects of platinum chemotherapy is hearing loss. This can occur not only during treatment but also years after the end of treatment. Although ...
  5. 5 Jun 2014
    Photodynamic therapy for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
    Background Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis is a condition of the mucosal lining of the upper airway, which leads to multiple benign, wart-like growths (papilloma). Although not cancerous, it can lead to serious problems, including hoarseness and airway obstruction. The main treatment is repeated surgical removal of the papilloma using a laser ...
  6. 2 Apr 2014
    Vaccination against a bacterium called pneumococcus for preventing middle ear infection
    Review question We reviewed the evidence about the effect of vaccination against pneumococcus (a type of bacterium) on preventing middle ear infections in children. Background Middle ear infection, or otitis media, is one of the most common respiratory infections in childhood. Infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a frequent cause ...
  7. 12 Mar 2014
    Auditory-verbal therapy for promoting spoken language development in children with permanent hearing impairments
    Permanent hearing impairment greatly restricts a child's speech and language development and hinders his or her behavioural, cognitive and social functioning. Although technological devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, enable the child to hear spoken words, they fail to teach the child how to listen, how to process language or how to ...
  8. 20 Feb 2014
    Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold Podcast
    Preparations of the plant Echinacea are widely used in some European countries and in North America for common colds. Echinacea preparations available on the market differ greatly as different types (species) and parts (herb, root or both) of the plant are used, different manufacturing methods (drying, alcoholic extraction or pressing out the juice ...
  9. 15 Feb 2014
    Medical treatments for throat cancer (oropharyngeal cancer) that is associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
    Recent studies suggest a connection between a virus (human papillomavirus) and throat cancer (oropharyngeal cancer) in some patients. This review has been conducted to assess potential new treatments that have emerged as a result of this information. When diagnosed, throat cancers can be at an advanced stage and radiotherapy (which uses beams of radiation ...
  10. 31 Jan 2014
    Hearing aids for tinnitus in people with hearing loss
    Background Tinnitus describes 'ringing', 'whooshing' or 'hissing' sounds that are heard in the absence of any corresponding external sound. About 10% of people experience tinnitus and for some it has a significant negative impact on their quality of life. Tinnitus is commonly associated with some form of hearing loss and is possibly the result of ...

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