Hearing loss after direct blunt neck trauma

Samuel Segal, Ephraim Eviatar, Leonard Berenholz, Michael Vaiman, Alex Kessler, Nathan Shlamkovitch*

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Objective: To report for the first time hearing impairment resulting from blunt neck trauma, Study Design: Retrospective chart review of clinical, pure tone, and speech audiometric findings. The first obtained within 3 months and the follow-up ones between 6 and 12 months after injury. Three representative examples are given. Patients: Eighty-three patients (166 ears) who reported hearing impairment after blunt neck trauma. Results: Twenty of the 166 ears (12%) had normal hearing and 137 ears (81.3%) showed an acoustic trauma-like hearing impairment. Eight ears (4.8%) had a hearing loss of at least 30 dB in the speech frequencies (500-2,000 Hz) and two ears (1.2%) had additional impairment in the higher frequencies. Only one ear (0.8%) had a conductive hearing loss. No speech discrimination score was poorer than 80%. Forty-six subjects (55.4%) reported tinnitus. Conclusions: Blunt neck trauma, like whiplash injury, may cause objectively measurable hearing impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-737
Number of pages4
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Blunt neck trauma
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Whiplash injury


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