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January 29, 1955

"DEAD" HEARING AID BATTERIES

JAMA. 1955;157(5):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950220062024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I was very much interested in Dr. Hewitt's letter published in The Journal of Nov. 6, 1954, page 1010. Having treated an eye injury incurred as a result of a circumstance similar to that described by Dr. Hewitt, I had often wondered whether other physicians had encountered such cases, but had seen no such reports. My patient was seen on Oct. 5, 1953. The history obtained from his family was that while he was watching a bonfire something exploded and hit him directly in the right eye. Examination revealed a foreign body buried deep within the contents of the eyeball. On removing this object I first thought it was a shell of a.45 caliber bullet, but closer examination and discussion with the family disclosed that this was the brass casing of a hearing aid battery. It was obvious that the eye was completely destroyed, and on Oct.

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