Hearing loss during resuscitation

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975 Jun;101(6):385-6. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1975.00780350049012.


Tympanic injury secondary to positive pressure mask ventillation is rare. During resuscitative procedures, two patients developed partial deafness, one from disarticulation of the incudomalleal joint, the other from an oval window perilymph fistula. Excessive pressure transmitted rapidly through the eustachian tube is postulated to have caused both injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ear Ossicles / injuries
  • Ear, Middle / injuries*
  • Female
  • Fistula / etiology
  • Hearing Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Labyrinth Diseases / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects*
  • Tympanic Membrane / injuries
  • Tympanoplasty