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HNO. 2009 Oct;57(10):1081-3. doi: 10.1007/s00106-009-2000-6.

[Lightning strike to a vehicle causing acute acoustic trauma].

[Article in German]

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Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Klinik, Kopf- und Halschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Erlangen.

Abstract

The cochlea and vestibular organ is often affected in lightning strikes. A lightning strike to a motor vehicle with cochlear injury has not been described hitherto in the literature. We report the case of a 44-year-old male patient with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus after his car was struck by lightning. While hearing loss recovered using intravenous therapy, tinnitus persisted 6 months after the lightning strike. Cochlear injuries as an acute acoustic trauma have to be considered in lightning strikes and can occur when a car is struck by lightning.

PMID:
19763520
DOI:
10.1007/s00106-009-2000-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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