The 35 individuals were sent to Dr. Hoffer and his colleagues for examination shortly after experiencing the noise or pressure and underwent a comprehensive history and physical examination.
We’re not saying that it’s not an injury of the brain; it may be. We do know for sure that it is an injury to the ear and that the brain is affected. —Michael E. Hoffer, MD
On physical examination, most (95%) of the symptomatic individuals reported dizziness, and approximately half (56%) had cognitive complaints. The most common complaints described dizziness and disorientation and being in what is called a “cognitive fog,” in which something feels off.