Dynamics of sensorineural hearing loss after head trauma

Samuel Segal*, Ephraim Eviatar, Leonard Berenholz, Alexander Kessler, Nathan Shlamkovitch

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Abstract

Objective: To estimate the temporal endpoint of permanent sensorineural hearing loss after head trauma. Study Design: Retrospective observational case study. Patients: In patients with sensorineural hearing loss caused by head trauma, 1,741 ears were studied. Main Outcome Measure: A follow-up survey of audiograms in patients with sensorineural hearing loss after head trauma was performed for up to 4 years from the date of injury. Each patient's audiograms were compared according to a severity score that specifically classified hearing loss that was associated with acoustic trauma. Results: Either improvement or deterioration of the early post-trauma hearing loss occurred during the first year after head trauma. Thereafter, hearing levels could be expected to remain stationary. Conclusion: Fluctuation in hearing after head trauma may take place within the first year after trauma, after which the associated hearing loss should be considered to be stabilized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-315
Number of pages4
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Head trauma
  • Hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss

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