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December 1980

Hearing Loss From Hemodialysis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston (Dr Rizvi), the Department of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing (Dr Holmes), and the Department of Otolaryngology, E. W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Mich (Dr Holmes).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(12):751-756. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790360029009

• A 47-year-old man with normal hearing had chronic progressive renal failure. He experienced hearing loss in additive increments with peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, until he was profoundly deaf in both ears. Postmortem studies showed collapse of the endolymphatic system and edema and atrophy of most of the specialized cell types of the auditory and vestibular sense organs. It is our interpretation that the alterations were caused by osmotic disequilibrium associated with hemodialysis.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:751-756, 1980)

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