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Early detection of ototoxicity by high-frequency audiometry: A case study

Gustav R. Voogt
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 34, No 1 | a316 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v34i1.316 | © 2019 Gustav R. Voogt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1987

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Gustav R. Voogt, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The effect of an ototoxic aminoglycoside antibiotic (tobramycin) on the hearing acuity of an adult Black female cardiac patient was evaluated with a new type of high-frequency audiometer. Results indicated the effectivity of this audiometer for the early detection of ototoxicity. The possibility of higher susceptibility ototoxic damage in Blacks due to a higher concentration of melanin in the inner ear is discussed.

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