European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 265, Issue 5, pp 603–606 | Cite as

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss after heroin injection

  • Andreas SchrockEmail author
  • Mark Jakob
  • Stefan Wirz
  • Friedrich Bootz
Case Report


Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a symptom of cochlear injury. Potential aetiologies are vascular diseases, viral infections, allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, and traumatic rupture of the intralabyrinthe membrane. Unlike in unilateral cases bilateral sensorineural hearing loss is often associated with specific disease entities. We report a case of sudden bilateral deafness after intravenous heroin abuse. The putative pathophysiological mechanisms are discussed.


Sensorineural hearing loss Heroin Drugs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Schrock
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark Jakob
    • 1
  • Stefan Wirz
    • 2
  • Friedrich Bootz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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