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Diminution, reduction, depreciation, decrease in value; that which cannot be recovered.

The term loss is a comprehensive one, and relative, since it does not have a limited or absolute meaning. It has been used interchangeably with damage, deprivation, and injury.

In the law of insurance, a loss is the ascertained liability of the insurer, a decrease in value of resources, or an increase in liabilities. It refers to the monetary injury that results from the occurrence of the contingency for which the insurance was taken out.

Loss of earning capacity is an injury to an individual's ability to earn wages at a future time and may be recovered as an element of damages in a tort case.

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n. 1) the value placed on injury or damages due to an accident caused by another's negligence, a breach of contract or other wrongdoing. The amount of monetary damages can be determined in a lawsuit. 2) when expenses are greater than profits, the difference between the amount of money spend and the income. (See: damages)

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LOSS, contracts. The deprivation of something which one had, which was either advantageous, agreeable or commodious.
     2. In cases of partnership, the losses are in general borne by the partners equally, unless stipulations or circumstance's manifest a different intention. Story, Partn. Sec. 24. But it is not essential that the partners should all share the losses. They may agree, that if there shall be no profits, but a loss, that the loss shall be borne by one or more of the partners exclusively, and that the others shall, inter se, be exempted from all liabilities for losses. Colly. Partn. 11; Gow, Partn. 9; 3 M. & Wels. 357; 5 Barn. & Ald. 954 Story, Partn. Sec. 23.
     3. When a thing sold is lost by an accident, as by fire, the loss falls on the owner, res perit domino, and questions not unfrequently arise, as to whether the thing has been delivered and passed to the purchaser, or whether it remains still the property of the seller. See, on this subject, Delivery.

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The presence of vertigo, which has been reported to occur in as many as 40% of patients with sudden hearing loss, has previously been shown to be a negative prognostic factor.
Therapeutic effects of carbogen inhalation and lipo prostaglandin E1 in sudden hearing loss. Yonsei Med J 2012;53(5):9991004.
Sudden hearing loss in patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with pegylated interferon/ribavirin.
Byl Jr., "Sudden hearing loss: eight years' experience and suggested prognostic table," The Laryngoscope, vol.
Ichinose, "Contrast-enhanced MR imaging of the endolymphatic sac in patients with sudden hearing loss," European Radiology, vol.
The presence of vertigo is widely used to indicate poor recovery in CSSNHL.[sup][3] In the present study, patients with sudden hearing loss accompanied by vertigo accounted for 52.3% of all subjects, with no significant correlation with recovery.
Definitions of sudden hearing loss have been based on severity, time course, audiometric criteria and frequency spectrum of the loss.
A big portion is down to ageing which is a gradual process, but there are lots of other causes too, such as exposure to noise which can cause gradual or sudden hearing loss.
Seek prompt medical attention if your tinnitus is accompanied by sudden hearing loss or occurs in only one ear.
OBJECTIVE: Assuming that superoxide anion radicals (O(2)-) may play a role in damage to the inner ear, the authors investigated the possible benefit of vitamin E as an antioxidant in the treatment of idiopathic sudden hearing loss. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, double-blind study.
Doctors are mystified as to what has caused the sudden hearing loss after an MRI scan showed no sign of tumours or blockages.
THE Food and Drug Administration in the United States this week issued a warning that Viagra and other anti-impotence drugs can cause sudden hearing loss.This begs the question - so what?

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