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August 1970

Sensorineural Hearing Loss Caused by Skin Diving

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles; Long Beach, Calif
From the Department of Surgery/Head and Neck (Otolaryngology), UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Dr. Eichel), and the Speech Pathology and Audiology Section, Rehabilitation Unit, Memorial Hospital, Long Beach, Calif (Dr. Landes).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;92(2):128-131. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.04310020026007

Two patients experiencing a sensorineural hearing loss of unilateral nature associated with skin diving illustrate other underlying mechanisms that may produce a sudden hearing loss. With the current interest in the study of unilateral sensorineural hearing losses it is important to document causative factors other than eighth-nerve tumors or viral diseases. The recognition of this clinical entity associated with diving should enable the physician to approach the problem in a satisfactory fashion.

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