Unilateral Hearing Loss and Disequilibrium
TG is a 20-year-old male college student referred for UHL and disequilibrium. He has a complex history of fluctuating right ear mixed hearing loss and vestibular complaints, apparently arising from a poorly described episode 6 years earlier involving barotrauma to the right ear from an air hose in an industrial arts class. TG reported difficulty hearing in the right ear following the trauma.
Two years posttrauma TG experienced otalgia and hearing loss in the right ear. The patient reported that an exploratory surgical procedure was performed in the right ear, perhaps ossiculoplasty, in which the bones were “glued together.” Following the procedure, the patient reported a reduction of the otalgia, but no change in hearing.