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April 1974

Acupuncture as a Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case Report

Author Affiliations

East Lansing, Mich
From the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. Ms. Flowers is now with the Medical Center, University Hospital, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;99(4):300-303. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780030310016

Due to the increasing interest in the use of acupuncture as a method for treating hearing loss, objective audiological test result data are needed. Hence, this preliminary report presents the findings of a detailed audiological assessment of the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for sensorineural hearing loss on one adult man.

A battery of audiological tests was administered prior to the patient's receiving eight acupuncture treatments (at one-week intervals), and this same battery of tests was repeated twice following the acupuncture treatments. The results obtained do not indicate that acupuncture holds promise for reversing sensorineural hearing loss.

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