Is There a Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Hearing Loss?

Ekin S., Turan M., Arısoy A., Günbatar H., Sünnetçioğlu A., Asker S., ...More

MEDICAL SCIENCE MONITOR, vol.22, pp.3124-3128, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.12659/msm.897347
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3124-3128
  • Keywords: Hearing Loss, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive, Snoring, NOISE, HYPOXIA
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder with an estimated prevalence in the general population of 2-5%. Its main clinical features are loud snoring and breathing stoppage during sleep. Ischemia could be a consequence of noise-induced hearing loss because cochlear oxygen tension is reduced during and after noise exposure. In this study, we evaluated auditory function in patients affected by OSA and simple snoring.