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Misdiagnosis of hearing loss due to ear canal collapse: A report of two cases

Mahoney, CFO; Luxon, LM; (1996) Misdiagnosis of hearing loss due to ear canal collapse: A report of two cases. Journal of Laryngology and Otology , 110 (6) 561 - 566. 10.1017/S0022215100134279. Green open access

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Abstract

Collapse of the external auditory meatus during audiometry can lead to spuriously increased hearing thresholds : being obtained, particularly at high frequencies, and may simulate conditions such as noise-induced hearing loss, presbyacusis and retrocochlear pathology. Consequently, inappropriate investigations and management may be undertaken. Two patients with elevated thresholds secondary to ear canal collapse are described. The implications of initially failing to identify the true nature of their 'hearing losses' are highlighted and strategies to avoid such pitfalls are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Misdiagnosis of hearing loss due to ear canal collapse: A report of two cases
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215100134279
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022215100134279
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright Cambridge University Press 1996
Keywords: Ear canal, Audiometry, Complications
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > The Ear Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/124446
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