Is a Healthier Person Less Susceptible to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss?

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Abstract

Several studies in the literature suggest that poor health is related to hearing loss. One hundred subjects claiming occupational hearing loss were chosen randomly for this study. Information was obtained on employment, noise exposure, medical history, family history, and use of cigarettes, alcohol, and medication. Physical examination, audiometric tests, and biological tests were carried out. Computer analysis of the data with chi-square test did not show conclusively that noise-induced hearing loss is related to poor health, indicated by abnormal biological or physical findings, or both. There were, however, some indications that the presence of cardiovascular risk factors may influence hearing loss.

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