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J Laryngol Otol. 2016 Nov;130(11):1039-1047. Epub 2016 Oct 17.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in divers.

Author information

1
Diving Medical Center,Royal Netherlands Navy,Den Helder,The Netherlands.
2
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,Central Military Hospital,Utrecht,The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in divers may be caused by either inner-ear barotrauma or inner-ear decompression sickness. There is no consensus on the best treatment option. This study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic value of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in divers.

METHOD:

A literature review and three cases of divers with sudden sensorineural hearing loss treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are presented.

RESULTS:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy resulted in hearing improvement in 80 per cent of patients: 39 per cent had hearing improvement and 41 per cent had full recovery.

CONCLUSION:

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improved hearing in divers with sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

KEYWORDS:

Sensorineural; Sudden; Hearing Loss; Hyperbaric Oxygenation

PMID:
27748209
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215116009075
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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