Otologic and audiologic lesions due to blast injury

Ben I. Nageris, Joseph Attias, Rafi Shemesh

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Aim: To evaluate the effect of blast injury on the otologic and hearing state over time. Setting: Otology unit of a tertiary referral center. Methods: Seventy-three patients aged 16 to 73 years who sustained physical trauma from an explosion underwent otologic and audiologic examination 3-4 months and one year later. Results: At the first examination, high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss was detected in 57 patients (78%), mixed hearing loss in 13 (19%), and low-tone conductive hearing loss in two (3%). Conductive hearing loss had improved by one year, while the cochlear hearing loss, in most cases, did not. Only 7% of the patients with tinnitus reported improvement after one year. Conclusions: The permanent otologic damage caused by blast injury cannot be determined before one year after the traumatic event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2008


  • hearing loss
  • perforated tympanic membrane
  • tinnitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology


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