Hearing loss after general anaesthesia (a case report and review of literature)

J Laryngol Otol. 1987 Oct;101(10):1079-82. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100103263.


Unilateral hearing loss has been reported as an unusual complication in general anaesthesia, and so far no reports on bilateral hearing loss have been published. In this paper we present a case with bilateral sensorineural hearing impairment immediately following a minor abdominal surgical procedure. The literature is reviewed and the mechanisms causing hearing loss during anaesthesia are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss / etiology*
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral / etiology
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / etiology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged