Current insights in noise-induced hearing loss: A literature review of the underlying mechanism, pathophysiology, asymmetry, and management options | The Hearing Blog
This comprehensive review by four University of British Columbia in the Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery provides a nice update on the pathophysiology, investigations, prevalence of asymmetry, associated symptoms, and current strategies on the prevention and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL); and is available in its' entirety for free. For brevity, we're providing only the abstract; and then, presenting our own observations; and also including additional "For Further Reading" articles, gleaned from this article's references. Here is the abstract: Background: Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common forms of sensorineural hearing loss, is a major health problem, is largely preventable and is probably more widespread than revealed by conventional pure tone threshold testing. Noise-induced damage to the cochlea is traditionally considered to be associated with symmetrical mild to moderate hearing loss with associated tinnitus; however, there is