Correlation Between Blood Group and Noise-induced Hearing Loss

Authors: Doğru, Harun; Tüz, Mustafa; Uygur, Kemal

Source: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, Volume 123, Number 8, October 2003 , pp. 941-942(2)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

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Objective--To investigate the correlation between blood group and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Material and Methods--The study was conducted in 176 factory workers who had been exposed to a noise level of 85-90 dB for 8 h a day for a period of ≥10 years. Pure-tone audiometric measurements were performed in a standard silent room. The blood groups of the workers were obtained from the factory files. Results--NIHL was found in 23 (32.0%), 35 (58.3%), 10 (38.5%) and 7 (38.9%) persons with blood groups A, O, B and AB, respectively. NIHL was determined to be significantly more frequent in workers with blood group O. Conclusion--We suggest that people with blood group O are more prone to develop NIHL.

Keywords: blood group; deafness; noise

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 2003

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