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February 1954

VITAMIN A IN TREATMENT OF TINNITUS AND CHRONIC PROGRESSIVE DEAFNESSResults of an Investigation

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;59(2):192-194. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00710050204010
Abstract

THE PAPERS by Lobel which appeared, one in 19491 and its successor in 1951,2 on the use of vitamin A for the control of tinnitus and chronic progressive deafness stirred the hopes of patients and the enthusiasm of the press by reason of the outstandingly good results reported. Otologists in the main kept their fingers crossed. Soon reports by other investigators appeared, some favorable,* some unfavorable.† It was of personal importance to gain firsthand knowledge of the rights of the matter; wherefore the following investigation was undertaken.

It was noticeable that in three of the six case reports in the second of Lobel's papers, the patients were given vitamin B complex intravenously, the preparation and dosage unspecified. In the other three cases, and in the text of this and of the first paper, no mention was made of the use of vitamin B complex or of any of

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