The Journal of International Advanced Otology
Original Article

A Comparison of Cochlear Nerve Size in Normal-Hearing Adults Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Department of Radiology, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 300-303
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2017.4170
Read: 12 Downloads: 2 Published: 03 September 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Cochlear implantation is a clinical and cost-effective treatment for severe hearing loss. Cochlear nerve size assessment by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been investigated for use as a prognostic indicator following cochlear implantation. This study aimed to further that research by assessing nerve size in normal-hearing adults for symmetry.

 

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with tinnitus presenting to our center retrospectively had their nerve size assessed by MRI.

 

RESULTS: The study found no significant differences between right and left cochlear nerves in normal-hearing adults, supporting our hypothesis of symmetry in these individuals. This was a previously unproven and uninvestigated hypothesis.

 

CONCLUSION: Nerve size assessment should remain an active area of research in otological disease.

 

Cite this article as: Heining C, Tikka T, Colley S, Zilinskiene L, Coulson C. A Comparison of Cochlear Nerve Size in Normal-Hearing Adults Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 300-3.

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