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Evaluation of hearing in patients with type II diabetes mellitus


Background and Aim: Diabetes mellitus is a progressive metabolic disease. Studies about the relationship between diabetes mellitus and auditory impairment have shown variable results in supporting the fact that diabetes may have a complex repercussion on the auditory pathways. We aimed to evaluate hearing in patients with type II diabetes mellitus with behavioral and electrophysiological auditory tests.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study, we assessed 30 patients with type II diabetes mellitus with the mean age of 43.7 (SD: 1.3) years, ranging 40-45 years, and 30 matched healthy subjects with the mean age of 41.5 (SD: 1.5) years. Subjects were evaluated using auditory brainstem response (ABR) and pure tone audiometry. The results were compared between two groups.
Results: Pure tone audiometry was normal. There was a significant increased latency for waves I, III, and V, and also, interpeak latencies of I-III, III-V, and I-V waves (p<0.05).
Conclusion: ABR latency prolongation indicates abnormal nerve conduction velocity in patients with type II diabetes mellitus. ABR can be an important clinical tool for evaluating diabetes influence on cochlear nerve conduction velocity before hearing loss occurs in these patients.

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Type II diabetes mellitus auditory brainstem response (ABR) pure tone audiometry

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Zeinolabedini R, Akbari M, Forugh B, Kamali M. Evaluation of hearing in patients with type II diabetes mellitus. Aud Vestib Res. 22(3):23-30.