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November 1983

Middle Ear Foreign Body: A Hearing Aid Complication

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology, Yale-New Haven (Conn) Hospital. Dr Kiskaddon is now with Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(11):778-779. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800250072018

• Inadvertent placement of molding for a hearing aid in the middle ear space caused symptoms of chronic ear disease, including pain, otorrhea, vertigo, and progressive neurosensory hearing loss. The problem failed to respond to conservative means, and removal of the foreign body was complicated by fixation to the ossicles. Removal was eventually accomplished via a mastoidectomy with facial recess approach to the middle ear. Even hearing aids are not entirely benign.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1983;109:778-779)

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