Lightning and its effects on the auditory system

Dwight T. Jones, Frederic P. Ogren, Lynn H. Roh, Gary F. Moore

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Patients struck by lightning can present with a wide variety of unusual otologic problems including burns to the external auditory canal, tympanic membrane rupture, middle ear injury, and sensorineural hearing loss. Four patients who incurred various otologic problems, including one patient with previously unreported bilateral oval window fistulas following lightning injury, are presented. Audiologic, otologic, and surgical findings are reviewed as well as patient follow-up and outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-834
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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