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TMJ & Tinnitus

dybala at utdallas.edu dybala at utdallas.edu
Thu Sep 26 00:54:14 EST 1996

What about the fact that the drill could be loud enough and right
next to the ear that it causes a loss.  How long do they use
the drill and how loud is it?

A combination of the BC and AC sound could be pretty intense.

Susan Moore (smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu) wrote:
> RE: tinnitus onset following head/neck surgury--

> what about damage to the OHCs caused by extensive skull vibrations during the 
> drilling that frequently accompanies such operations?  I have great hearing, but I 
> also have tinnitus at 6 kHz that began after my wisdom teeth removal and was made 
> worse by attending a concert one night w/o hearing protection (dou!).  I think that 
> tinnitus surely could be created as a by product of damage to the cochlea from the 
> vibrations of the drilling anywhere in the skull...the closer to the cochlea the 
> more possibility of damage.  I have not done a lit search myself on this idea.  Has 
> anyone else?  It might be interesting to measure otoacoustic emissions before and 
> after skull surgury to see if there are any changes (i.e. damage) that could also 
> explain an onset of tinnitus after the surgury.

> Susan Moore
> smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu

Thank you for your support,
Paul Dybala
dybala at utdallas.edu

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