Sudden hearing loss in the elderly

DANIEL ZIKK, MORDECHAI Z. HIMELFARB, ELIAHU SHANON

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Abstract

In elderly subjects suffering from presbycusis a clinical picture of sudden hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo may be precipitated by a superimposed serous otitis media. Such an abrupt and dramatic sensory deficiency may be erroneously ascribed to an acute cochlear lesion and given grave prognostication. This situation was observed in 12 patients during a period of 2 years. Appropriate diagnostic evaluation revealed the true nature of the disease and simple therapeutic measures promptly restored the auditory function to its previous level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1985

Keywords

  • hearing loss

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