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Non-organic Hearing Loss
  1. Capt Sarah Nelson, RAMC, General Duties Medical Officer1
  1. 15th Regiment Royal Artillery, Catterick
  1. Garrison Medical Centre, Horne Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 4DF. sjones25{at}


Annual hearing tests are compulsory in the British Armed Forces. This case report presents a 24- year old soldier who was found to have severe deterioration on her annual audiogram without any significant noise exposure. After two years of specialist audiological investigations she was diagnosed with non-organic hearing loss; further interrogation of her social circumstances suggested potential psychosocial triggers. This diagnosis should be considered early in military primary care in those with objective hearing loss on audiogram where there has been no exposure to significant noise.

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