OBJECTIVE: To characterize the risk of progression to nonserviceable hearing in patients with sporadic vestibular schwannomas (VS) who elect initial observation. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Two tertiary care centers. PATIENTS: VS patients with serviceable hearing who underwent at least two audiograms and two MRI studies before intervention or loss to follow-up. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Serviceable hearing, defined as the pure tone average ≤ 50 dB HL and word recognition score ≥ 50%. RESULTS: Four-hundred sixty-six patients (median age of 57 yr and median tumor diameter of 7.3 mm) had serviceable hearing at presentation and were followed for a median of 2.3 years (IQR 1.0 - 4.0). Kaplan-Meier estimated rates of maintaining serviceable hearing (95% CI; number still at risk) at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 years following diagnosis were 94% (91-96; 357), 77% (73-82; 172), 66% (60-73; 81), 56% (49-65; 31), and 44% (33-59; 10), respectively. Each 10-dB increase in pure-tone averages at diagnosis was associated with a 2-fold increased likelihood of developing nonserviceable hearing (hazard ratio 2.07; p < 0.001). Each 10% decrease in word recognition score was associated with a 1.5-fold increased likelihood of developing nonserviceable hearing (hazard ratio 1.48; p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with sporadic VS, good baseline word recognition score and low pure-tone average are jointly associated with maintenance of serviceable hearing. These data may be used to guide patient counseling and optimize management.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Clinical Neurology