Complication from hearing aid mold material: A case report and review of legal matters

Jason A. Meyers, Farhad Ardeshirpour, Christopher W. Hilton, Samuel C. Levine

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Abstract

Ear mold impression middle ear foreign bodies are a rare complication of hearing aid fitting. Only a small number of cases have been reported; however, the actual incidence is unknown and likely much higher than expected. We present the case of a 77-year-old man with a history of preexisting tympanic membrane perforations who presented with an ear mold impression middle ear foreign body that required surgical removal. We explore the state and federal laws that guide the interaction between patients, hearing aid sellers and otolaryngologists. We highlight steps that can be taken to reduce the incidence of this complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-742
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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