[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
July 1965

NOISE AND PROGRESSIVE HEARING LOSS-Reply

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(1):87. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010089025

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

Reply: If the questioner had described what he meant by "short range" it would be a bit easier to answer the question.

Assuming the "Drive-it Gun" was within a foot of his affected ear the chances of producing a hearing loss are high. Usually, however, these losses stabilize in approximately 6 to 12 months. The question of progression beyond this period is far from settled. Over such a long period one must rule out any one or more of a dozen causes of hearing loss—particularly further exposure to noise. It would be interesting to know what the opposite ear showed. If both ears are equal I would seriously doubt the hearing loss has any relation to the single "Drive-it Gun" shot. An important question relates to definite evidence that there was a difference in hearing immediately following the acoustic insult. If this were definitely known and it occurred in one

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×