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July 1973

Chronic Otitis Media as a Cause of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver. Mr. Fria is now with the Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(1):18-22. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020022006

Charts from 404 patients with a diagnosis of chronic otitis media were reviewed to evaluate pretreatment and posttreatment bone-conduction thresholds. The patients were categorized into four groups depending upon the severity of their disease.

Bone-conduction thresholds were found to decrease with the severity and the duration of the disease. Posttreatment bone-conduction thresholds were relatively unchanged from the pretreatment tests. It is concluded that sensorineural hearing loss can be a natural sequela of chronic otitis media.