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June 1993

Acute Otitis Media With Transient Sensorineural Hearing Loss: A Case Study

Author Affiliations

From the Otitis Media Research Center (Dr Margolis) and the Department of Otolaryngology (Drs Margolis and Nelson), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(6):682-686. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880180102020

• A patient had acute otitis media with transient sensorineural hearing loss. Early symptoms included otalgia, progressive sensorineural hearing loss, and tinnitus with inflammation of the tympanic membrane. During the second week a conductive component emerged resulting in a 60-dB mixed loss in the 2- to 4-kHz region. The conductive component lasted 15 days while the sensorineural hearing loss recovered more slowly, with complete recovery at 6 months. Audiologic measures included conventional and extended high-frequency audiometry, 226-Hz and multifrequency tympanometry, binaural speech recognition, auditory brain-stem response, and psychoacoustic tuning curves.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119:682-686)

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