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November 17, 1951


Author Affiliations


From the Section of Audiology, Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Dermatology, Jefferson Medical College.

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.73670290004011c

This case is reported because of the widespread use of the advertised home permanent lotions. It may prove to be a unique case. On the other hand, it may stimulate the reporting of other similar experiences.

REPORT OF A CASE  Twenty-four hours prior to being examined, M. M., a woman, 53, was giving herself a home permanent wave of popular brand, which she had used on previous occasions. Following the directions, she applied the neutralizer to her hair, to arrest the action of the waving lotion. Some of the neutralizer ran into her left ear canal, and immediately she became aware of a sharp burning sensation, which ceased after water was applied in the ear. Several minutes later, she noted a sensation of fulness and crackling in the left ear and some loss of hearing.During the examination, the patient complained of residual fulness and hearing loss in the left