Sneeze cured deafness

1973: Jean Haynes was almost deaf since birth, but then an allergic reaction triggered a bout of sneezing. Seems that she sneezed quite a bit. But finally, she gave one big sneeze, and suddenly she could hear again.

This falls into the recurring weird news theme of accidental cures (such as people who get hit in the head and are cured of blindness).

But I'm also reminded of the cases of people who blew their nose and had an eye fell out.

La Crosse Tribune - Jan 9, 1973

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 13, 2017
Category: Health, 1970s





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Unfortunately, after too many years working in thee automobile factory, her hearing has diminished to the point that you have to raise your voice for her to hear you.
Posted by GFinKS in near Oz on 02/13/17 at 08:45 AM
Not all that surprising - as the article mentions, the Eustachian tubes form a direct connection between your nose and your inner ear. Hence, also, why you blow your nose to stop your ears popping in an aeroplane.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 02/13/17 at 10:36 AM
If her hearing loss was due to a blocked tube (???), she had grounds for a very nasty little lawsuit. Checking for malformations/structural defects/structural impairments is a normal part of the examinations when an infant is suspected of being deaf or hard of hearing.
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 02/13/17 at 12:16 PM
Phideaux: except that this took place in England in 1973 (so the examination would've taken place in the 1950s), not in the United States of Litigation in 2017.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 02/14/17 at 05:51 AM
@RB -- My bad -- I didn't notice it was England. I don't know the history of the NHS, but I think it was put in shortly after the war, and I know it, for all practical purposes, bans malpractice suits (it's technically possible, but you're fighting the government).

My uncle won a malpractice lawsuit in the late 1950s, but that was part of a concerted effort by townspeople to force a bad doctor out of town.
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 02/14/17 at 12:26 PM
It's possible for it to go the other way: pressure can cause deafness in people with something called LVAS (large vestibular aqueduct syndrome).
Posted by ges on 02/17/17 at 01:28 AM
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