These authors contributed equally to the completion of this study.
Visceral adipose tissue is significantly associated with hearing thresholds in adult women
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 80, Issue 3, pages 368–375, March 2014
How to Cite
Kim, T. S., Park, S. W., Kim, D. Y., Kim, E. B., Chung, J. W. and So, H.-S. (2014), Visceral adipose tissue is significantly associated with hearing thresholds in adult women. Clinical Endocrinology, 80: 368–375. doi: 10.1111/cen.12184
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 27 FEB 2013 07:47AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 29 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 16 AUG 2012
- National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea
- Korean government (MEST). Grant Number: 2011-0028866
Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for age-related hearing impairment (ARHI). There are metabolic differences between abdominal adipose tissue present in subcutaneous and visceral areas. In this study, we investigated the association between abdominal fat composition, measured by computerized tomography (CT), and hearing thresholds.
Patients and Methods
We recruited 662 adults aged 40–82 years with normal or symmetrical sensorineural hearing loss who underwent fat measurement by CT. Linear regression models were used to address the association between risk factors, including abdominal fat composition, and average hearing levels at low and high frequencies.
After adjusting for age, systemic disease and other variables, a positive association between visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area and average hearing threshold was observed in women. In men, there was no significant association between abdominal fat composition and hearing threshold.
Our findings show an association between VAT and hearing impairment in women. A reduction in visceral adiposity may help to prevent hearing loss in women.