About this Research Topic
Neuro-otology is an interdisciplinary specialty that merges neurology, vestibular and audiological fields, studying gaze control, balance, posture, vestibular and hearing disorders. In addition, it appears to extend its influence to many other high-level cognitive functions such as body representation, self-awareness and even social cognition or emotion processing. Some of the most known neuro-otological symptoms are dizziness, vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. These symptoms are extremely frequent, representing some of the most common complaints in general medicine. The life-time prevalence of neuro-otology symptoms in the general population has been estimated to extend up to 7 percent for vertigo, and reaches 30 percent in the aged population. Similarly, there is an estimated global prevalence of more than 1 billion people with hearing loss to the year 2020.
In the world, there are relatively few specialists in neuro-otology, which cannot confront the epidemic increase of neuro-otological disorders. On the other hand, the vast majority of the non-specialists in neuro-otology lack adequate knowledge of the neuro-otology field. The purpose of this Research Topic is to contribute to the dissemination of neuro-otology knowledge for the non-specialists. In addition, we also expect to bring the last frontiers of research in neuro-otology from experts in the field, encouraging them to give a comprehensive view for the non-specialists. This collection of articles will be useful for clinicians that in their general or emergency practice stand at the front line against patients experiencing the common complaints of vertigo and dizziness, but also to those clinical and basic researchers whose topics of interest intersect or relate to neuro-otology physiopathology.
This call for papers is for any original work, review or perspective article focusing in one of two main sub-themes:
a) Practical, useful, updated knowledge and solutions, targeted for clinicians not expert in neuro-otology and regarding the most frequent neuro-otological diseases, including but not being limited to acute vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, somatoform vertigo, hearing-loss and tinnitus
b) Clinical or basic research regarding the relationship or extension of neuro-otology anatomy, physiology and physiopathology to other subjects, and interdisciplinary work with other specialties different from neuro-otology.
We believe that this Research Topic could help not only spreading the recent advances in neuro-otology knowledge to clinicians who deal with the common complaints of vertigo and dizziness, but also to reach researchers and clinicians outside the common boundaries of the field, generating the opportunity to explore new aspects of vestibular science.
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