Lipid profiles and obesity as potential risk factors of sudden sensorineural hearing loss

Joong Seob Lee, Dong Hyun Kim, Hyo Jeong Lee, Hyung Jong Kim, Ja Won Koo, Hyo Geun Choi, Bumjung Park, Sung Kwang Hong

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Objectives The objective of our study was to establish whether increased lipid profiles and obesity affect the prevalence and prognosis of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). Methods This was a case-controlled study with a longitudinal design. According to our criteria, 324 patients with SSNHL were included in this study. To manage potential covariates, 972 subjects with normal hearing from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were matched as control group according to their propensity scores. Age, level of total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides (TG), and body mass index (BMI) were obtained from the clinical data. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to investigate the association between SSNHL and lipid profiles or obesity in the 1296 subjects. Multivariate Cox regression analysis was used to determine whether lipid profiles and obesity are prognostic factors in patients with SSNHL. Results Mean body weight, BMI, TC, and TG were significantly higher in patients with SSNHL compared with control subjects (p<0.05). However, LDL-C values did not differ significantly between the two groups. Subjects with elevated TC and TG levels had a 2.20- (95% CI 1.50- 3.24) and 1.50-fold (95%CI 1.08-2.08) increased odds, respectively, of SSNHL compared with subjects with normal TC and TG levels. Subjects with grade III BMI had a 1.59-fold (95% CI 1.17-2.16) increased odds of SSNHL. Multivariate Cox regression analyses revealed that BMI was an independent risk factor of treatment outcome, as patients with BMI 27.5 were less likely to achieve complete recovery than those with BMI <27.5 (p<0.05). Conclusions The results of this study revealed that elevated TC and TG levels and increased BMI are significantly associated with the prevalence of SSNHL and its prognosis, indicating that vascular compromise may play an important role in the pathogenesis of SSNHL.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0122496
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
StatePublished - 10 Apr 2015

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Lee, J. S., Kim, D. H., Lee, H. J., Kim, H. J., Koo, J. W., Choi, H. G., Park, B., & Hong, S. K. (2015). Lipid profiles and obesity as potential risk factors of sudden sensorineural hearing loss. PLoS ONE, 10(4), [e0122496].