Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss?

Sleep disordered breathing is a common chronic condition in the general population world wide. In 2008, Punjabi estimated the prevalence of Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) is in the range of 3% to 7%, with certain components of the population at higher risk. Recent estimates, however, by the American Journal of Epidemiology indicate a substantially higher prevalence of SAS of 26 percent in adults between the ages of…

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Peri-Operative Hearing Loss from Anesthesia

Over the past few years, I have seen a few patients for rehabilitative treatment that felt their recent surgery had caused their hearing loss or greatly contributed to the progression of their impairment.  While hearing loss from anesthesia seems to be a rare complication and may be more common for some operative procedures than others, basically what happens is that patients who heard well…

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