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August 1967

Sudden Deafness in the Unoperated Ear After Stapedectomy

Author Affiliations

Charlotte, NC
From the Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, Charlotte, NC.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(2):156-157. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050158006

SUDDEN DEAFNESS is known to accompany certain diseases, and delayed sensorineural deafness after stapedectomy seems to be accepted as one of the hazards of the operation. Apparently no one has confidently assumed that a patient with delayed, severe sensorineural hearing loss after successful stapes surgery could have had it as a pure coincidence, unrelated to the operation. Experiences in 1963 among 200 consecutive stapedectomies should change our present concept.

In that series of 200 consecutive stapedectomies there were no sensorineural hearing losses, immediate or delayed, in the ears operated upon. It is highly significant, however, that there were three patients who developed sudden, severe sensorineural deafness in the unoperated ear. The stapedectomized ear was not involved in any of the patients.

Report of Cases  Case 2.—A 55-year-old woman was found to have a combined loss of hearing in the right ear and a sensorineural loss in the left ear (Fig

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