Osteoporosis Increases The Risk Of Sudden Hearing Loss
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a rapid loss of hearing, usually unilateral (one ear suffers only). For about 50% of people suffering from this disease, the hearing restores spontaneously. It is crucial to visit a doctor in a timely manner. Typically, when a sudden sensorineural hearing loss steroids are prescribed. Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by decreased bone mass and density.
Scientists from the Chi Mei Medical Center analyzed data from 10,660 people from Taiwan, that were diagnosed with "osteoporosis" between 1999 and 2008. The control group included 31,980 people without osteoporosis. For participants suffering from osteoporosis, the risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss was 1.76 times higher than the one for the volunteers without osteoporosis.
By 2011, sudden sensorineural hearing loss was detected among 91 people suffering from osteoporosis. For comparison, a control group, which was three times greater the the main one, hearing loss was diagnosed among 155. Researchers do not yet know what mechanism lies under it. They suggest that common risk factors, including heart problems and blood vessels, bone demineralization, inflammation and endothelial dysfunction can lead to these diseases.
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