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June 1975

Hearing Loss During Resuscitation

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(6):385-386. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780350049012

Tympanic injury secondary to positive pressure mask ventilation is rare. During resuscitative procedures, two patients developed partial deafness, one from disarticulation of the incudomalleal joint, the other from an oval window perilymph fistula.

Excessive pressure transmitted rapidly through the eustachian tube is postulated to have caused both injuries.