by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Not much was known about enlarged vestibular aqueducts (EVA) when I first wrote about it in 2002. Back then, it was called Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS). Now it is more-commonly referred to as EVA, but it is the same condition. In the intervening years, researchers have done a number of […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man explained, Our family is headed from the east coast to Colorado this summer and, deciding to play it safe, we will be taking a train to avoid flying and the consequent air pressure changes since our daughter has LVAS. However, I recently came across some information that the ups […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A concerned mother explained, My daughter has Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS) and is deaf in one ear. Up to now she has not worn hearing aids. She has been given several options for middle school. The two we are considering for both in school and out of school are […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. © April, 2012 Question: My child has been diagnosed with Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS). Exactly what is LVAS; what causes it; and more importantly, what can I do about it?—A. M. Answer: Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS), also commonly known as Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (EVAS), and rarely “Vestibular Aqueduct […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A concerned parent wrote: Our six-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with LVAS. Our doctor tells us she has already lost all useful hearing in one ear, so we are obviously very protective of her good ear. We are now struggling with the right balance on activity restrictions. She is an enthusiastic […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A mother explained: My son has had a few bouts of tinnitus followed by a hearing drop in one ear. This always seems to be as a result of, or following, strenuous exercise. So far the ear has always recovered to its old level. I reported the last episode to my […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A mother asked: My daughter has bilateral LVAS and is begging to play an instrument. Do you have any advice or experience with what instruments are safe for children with LVAS to play? Some people with LVAS (Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome, sometimes called EVAS—Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome) are very sensitive to […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man explained: I came across your blog post regarding LVAS and hearing loss, and was looking for assistance or more information. I am a 48 year old with profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. I’ve worn aids for 10 years and had many medical and hearing specialist exams but […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A concerned mother asked: My daughter is 9 years old and she has been hearing impaired since she was about 2½. She has bilaterally enlarged vestibular aqueducts, and she also has only 1½ turns on her cochlea. My question is, do you think it would be safe for her to go […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. More and more children are being found to have a hearing loss due to what is called Large (or Enlarged) Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (abbreviated to either LVAS or EVAS). LVAS is passed on from generation to generation by recessive genes. That much researchers know. How many genes are involved […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A mother asked: Do you or don’t you restrict your child’s activities due to their LVAS (Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome)? When my daughter (almost 12) was diagnosed with unilateral LVAS at age 8, the ENT said to avoid loud music (to protect her normal ear), scuba diving, and head trauma. I […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady asked: To have Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS), both parents have to have the gene, right? And their parents before them have had to have the gene? I come from a big family, and no other relative has had a hearing issue. If it is inherited, I would think […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A mother wrote, My daughter has LVAS [Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome]. My husband and I have not had genetic testing done to determine whether we are carriers. Am I to assume that since my daughter has LVAS, so will my son? No—unless you both also have LVAS. The fact that your […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady wrote: We just visited our ENT for my son’s biannual hearing test. My husband asked the doctor if he could do another cat scan. He told the doctor we wanted to make sure whether my son had LVAS or not because we want to fly. My doctor told us […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A young mother wrote: My husband and I just found out over the past few months that our daughter is deaf, due to LVAS [large vestibular aqueduct syndrome]. She passed her newborn hearing test in her right ear and failed in her left, but a month later when we did the […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady asked: I was just diagnosed with bi-lateral LVAS [large vestibular aqueduct syndrome] AND Meniere’s disease, moderate- profound loss. Does the fact that I have both, increase my chances for further hearing loss? Can I expect my hearing to deteriorate further? I know no one can say for certain, I’d […]
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