Atresia and sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Steven P. Smith, Simon Milov, Joel A. Goebel

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This case study summarizes findings in an adult male, aged 57, who presented to the Adult Audiology Clinic with aural atresia in the right ear resulting in a conductive hearing loss and a sudden sensorineural hearing loss in the left ear. Treatment options included reconstruction surgery in the right ear, bone anchored hearing aid in the right ear to overcome the conductive hearing loss, bone anchored hearing aid in the left ear for single sided deafness, and intratympanic steroid injections in the left ear to salvage hearing. This case study highlights that when a patient is educated on all available options the patient is then able to make a decision comfortable to him and to help improve his hearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


  • Atresia
  • Bone anchored hearing aid
  • Intratympanic injections
  • Single sided deafness
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss


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