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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 4, pp 621–622 | Cite as

Hypothyroid-associated sensorineuronal deafness

  • D. M. Comer
  • E. M. McConnellEmail author
Case Report

Abstract

A case of panhypopituitarism with hypothyroid-induced deafness in a man improving with hormone replacement is reported. A review of the medical literature reveals conflicting evidence regarding the underlying mechanism and prognosis of the defect in this context, but the association with hypothyroidism is more than spurious. Sensorineuronal hearing loss was initially evident, resolving both subjectively and on formal audiological evaluation after administering thyroxine. Central pathology affecting the eighth cranial nerve, as opposed to a conductive or mixed component is the likely culprit.

Keywords

Hypothyroidism Thyroid Deafness Sensorineuronal Hearing Audiometry 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Craigavon Area Hospital Group TrustCraigavonNorthern Ireland, UK

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