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Occupational noise induced vestibular malfunction?
  1. R Hinchcliffe,
  2. R R Coles,
  3. P F King
  1. Institute of Laryngology and Otology, London.


    This paper comprises a review of the evidence for the possibility that exposure to noise may damage the vestibular receptors in the internal ear as well as those in the cochlea. The review covers lay and medical publications, observations on patients, experimental studies, and compensation claims. It concludes that the verdict must be "not proven"--that is, although such damage is possible, the evidence is not strong enough to regard it as probable.

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