Sensorineural Hearing Changes After Myelogram

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Abstract

Dire consequences can occur after any medical or surgical procedure. Certain procedures may even cause sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Previous studies have demonstrated that certain surgical and medical procedures may result in hearing losses of varying degrees. Although hearing loss is a well-known phenomenon, little consistent information exists about hearing loss after medical or surgical procedures. This one-tailed, directional study compared the effect of myelogram procedures on hearing in selected outpatients. A pre/posttest design was used to measure audiograms in 27 myelogram subjects. Pre- and postprocedure hearing tests were measured by audiometry and compared for differences. Results did not support previous studies that low-frequency hearing loss can occur within 24 hours after myelogram procedure. Clinically relevant information was found in one subject 53 hours post myelogram.

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