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Prof. Dr. Claus F. Claussen, Neurootological Research Institute of the Research Society for Smell, Taste, Hearing and Equilibrium Disorders at Bad Kissingen (4-G-F). Bad Kissingen, Germany.
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Dr. med. Guillermo O. Bertora,
Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
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Comparing neurootological complaints in patients at the end of their professional lives (51 – 60 years) with those during t

Abstract

Geriatrics defines that branch of medicine which treats all problems peculiar to old age and the aging, including the clinical problems of senescence and senility. Aging describes the gradual changes in the structure of any organism that occur with the passage of time, that do not result from disease or other gross accidents, and that eventually lead to the increased probability of death as the individual grows older.
Postural instability and falls in the elderly represent a major health care concern. Each year, between one third and one half of people over 65 years of age experience at least one fall. A special age in the full chain of years of the human life is lying for the europeans for instance during their last decade of professional life, i.e. 51 to 60 years and the first decade of retirement age, i.e. 61 to 70 years.
For this study we overlook major samples of neurootological patients, for instance group a.) with an age between 51 and 60, 1965 cases (52,98% males and 47,02% females) and group b.) ageing between 61 and 70 containing 1032 cases (49,52% males and 50,48% females). Concerning the subjective 6 most prominent vertigo symptoms group a.) exhibits 1,88 signs per case and group b.) 1,78 signs per case; this means for all the 11 vertigo and nausea symptoms that group a.) shows 2,68 and group b.) 2,49 signs per case. Subjective acoustic symptoms occur in group a.) with 55,42% of tinnitus and with 63,92% of hearing loss and in group b.) 52,62% of tinnitus and 68,31% of hearing loss.
Our experimental neurootometric investigations exhibit the following rates of abnormal test findings: group a.) butterfly calorigrams 71,86%, stepping-CCGs 72,01%, pure tone audiometry of bone conduction 37,66% in the right and 47,07% in the left ear; group b.) butterfly calorigrams 69,86%, stepping-CCGs 74,03%, pure tone audiometry of bone conduction 44,57% in the right and 55,43% in the left ear.

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