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Dental drills and hearing

Dear Auditory List:

I am a physicist who has suffered a hearing loss three times in a row after visits to my dentist. I have measured this myself in detail. I suspect the cause may be ultrasonic vibrations created by the turbo drill, or the anesthetic that was used. I have found references to hearing loss of dentists, but not of patients. Does anyone know of such references?

Frank Chen

Francis F. Chen, Prof. Emeritus
Electrical Engineering Dept.
Univ. of California, Los Angeles
56-125B Engr. IV, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594
(310) 825-5624, FAX (310) 206-8495
e-mail: ffchen@xxxxxxxxxxx
Web: www.ee.ucla.edu/~ffchen
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