Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY   Spring 2003 , Volume 15 , Number 1 (31); Page(s) 32 To 37.
 
Paper: 

CORRELATION BETWEEN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND HEARING LOSS

 
 
Author(s):  DAMGHANI MA., SHAKIBI M.R., AHMADI MOUSAVI S.M.R., AFLATOUNIAN M.R.
 
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Abstract: 
To determine correlation between Rheumatoid arthritis and hearing loss a case control study with 101 patients and 101 controls was performed. The mean age of patients was 49.69±13.37 and 86.1% of them were female. Physical examination and audiometric tests were performed. The mean hearing threshold for patients was 21.5±10.2 and 11.8±5.2 for control groups (P=0.000). The prevalence of high frequency hearing loss was 3.05 times in cases group (32.2% versus 10.9%) (P=0.000) and the prevalence of low frequency hearing loss was 9.4% in cases group (9.4% versus 0.0%) (P=0.000). In spite of no clinical complains of hearing loss, it is frequent in Rheumatoid arthritis, and we recommend evaluation of the patients in this respect.
 
Keyword(s): RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, HEARING LOSS
 
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