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[Audiology] hydrocephalus and hearing loss

AllynLs at aol.com AllynLs at aol.com
Wed Nov 30 10:57:07 EST 2005

I have just read your question about hearing loss and hydrocephalus and  have 
a question for you.  I have a son who has Spina Bifida and a  shunt for 
hydrocephalus.  He is now 8 years old and has had 8  revisions over the years.  His 
symptoms with the last four have  been severe, meaning he tells me he has a 
headache, soon after vomits, and falls  asleep all within one hour or so, and 
really is not conscious again until after  they tap his shunt and operate.  At 
the age of six, he developed  a  high-frequency sensori-neural hearing loss in 
his right ear, and now at age 8  has developed almost the same in his left 
ear.  He tends to hear  fine with normal conversation, but has more trouble with 
background noise.   The ENT we see recommended we see a geneticist, which we 
are going  to do, but I always wondered if this could have anything to do with 
 his shunt and the many revisions.  Did you ever find an answer to the case  
you were asking about?  Any thoughts you may have would be helpful.   Thank 
you so much,
Lisa Allyn    
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