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Report of an Isolated Mid-Frequency Hearing Loss Following Inner Ear Barotrauma

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Report of an Isolated Mid-Frequency Hearing Loss Following Inner Ear Barotrauma

F K Butler Jr et al. Undersea Biomed Res.

Abstract

A case describing an isolated mid-frequency hearing loss as a result of inner ear barotrauma is presented. The onset of symptoms was insidious but progressed to a profound total-range hearing loss in the right ear. This loss resolved rapidly with cessation of diving activity, bed rest, and head elevation, leaving only an isolated 20-dB hearing decrement at 1000 Hz. Since the diver was participating in evaluation of experimental decompression tables, differentiation had to be made between barotrauma and inner ear decompression sickness.

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