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Volume 47 Number 7, 2010
   Pages 669 — 678

Abstract —  Audiometric hearing status of individuals with and without multiple sclerosis

M. Samantha Lewis, PhD;1-2* David J. Lilly, PhD;1,3 Michele M. Hutter, MS;1 Dennis N. Bourdette, MD;1-2,4 Garnett P. McMillan, PhD;1 Mary A. Fitzpatrick, MPH, ANP;4 Stephen A. Fausti, PhD1-2,5

1National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Portland, OR; 2Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR; 3Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; 4Neurology Service, Portland VAMC, Portland, OR; 5Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Abstract — The purpose of the present investigation was to determine whether differences exist in audiometric hearing status between individuals with and without multiple sclerosis (MS) and between individuals with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and individuals with secondary progressive MS (SPMS). Forty-seven subjects with MS (26 with RRMS and 21 with SPMS) and forty-nine control subjects without MS completed both a comprehensive case-history questionnaire and a conventional hearing evaluation. Statistical analyses, accounting for the potential confounding factors of age, sex, noise exposure, and use of ototoxic medications, revealed significant differences in hearing thresholds between subjects with and without MS at select audiometric test frequencies (p < 0.05). At these audiometric test frequencies, the subjects with MS had poorer hearing thresholds. Additional analyses revealed significant differences in hearing sensitivity at select audiometric frequencies between the subjects with RRMS and the subjects with SPMS, such that those with SPMS had poorer hearing thresholds. These findings have significant clinical implications for practitioners working with patients with MS.

Key words: audiometric hearing status, auditory function, hearing, hearing loss, multiple sclerosis, pure tone thresholds, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, speech reception threshold, word recognition.

This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Lewis MS, Lilly DJ, Hutter MM, Bourdette DN, McMillan GP, Fitzpatrick MA, Fausti SA. Audiometric hearing status of individuals with and without multiple sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(7):669-78.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.01.0010

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