Dental "deafness"?

Lois J Barin lbarin at
Wed Apr 17 17:31:48 EST 1996

Greetings all!

Maybe this question would be better posted to a "dental" newsgroup, but I 
thought I'd try my fellow audiologists first.

Has anyone ever heard of a patient losing hearing when administered dental 
anesthesia?  This is a unilateral loss, affecting the side where a mandibular 
block is used (lower jaw), that recovers as the anesthesia wears off.

There is no mention in "the literature" about this phenomenon that I can find, 
but the dentist says he has heard of it happening before.


Lois Barin, BS, MA, "watch this space"

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