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August 1982

Hearing Loss in Minor Head Injury

Author Affiliations

From the Scottish Section, Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (Drs Browning and Gatehouse); and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Royal Infirmary (Dr Swan), Glasgow, Scotland.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(8):474-477. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790560012004

• A prospective otological and audiological study was made of 130 consecutive persons with minor head injuries. A comparison was made with 87 consecutive persons with traumatic injuries but without head injuries. Five (4%) of the persons with head injuries had an unsuspected temporal bone fracture evident on otoscopy but not on routine skull roentgenography. These persons had a significant sensorineural hearing loss at 4 and 8 kHz compared with other patients with head injuries. Routine otoscopic examination is considered advisable in all persons with head injuries. No significant difference in the hearing was detected in persons with head injuries without a temporal bone fracture compared with control subjects.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:474-477)

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