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A Journal on Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Otoneurosurgery

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Otorinolaringologia 1999 June;49(2):59-64

language: English

Audiovestibular profile in smokers

Rijuneeta A., Mann S. B. S., Gupta A. K.

From the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh, India


Background. The ­present ­study was under­tak­en to ­find the ­effect of mod­er­ate and ­heavy smok­ing on the audio­ves­tib­u­lar pro­file.
Methods. This ­study was con­duct­ed at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh on 30 smok­ers divid­ed ­into mod­er­ate (­group II) and ­heavy smok­ers (­group III) depend­ing ­upon ­their smok­ing ­index and ­their audio­ves­tib­u­lar pro­file was com­pared ­with age and sex ­matched con­trols (­group I).
Results. Bilateral sen­sor­i­neu­ral hear­ing ­loss was ­found in 6 cas­es of ­group II and 12 cas­es of ­group III. The dif­fer­enc­es ­between the hear­ing ­loss (dB) for ­group I & II, II & III and III & I at all fre­quen­cies ­were ­found to be sta­tis­ti­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant (p<0.013), (p<0.025). The ­latent peri­od was ­also ­found to be ­increased in ­group II and ­group III as com­pared to the nor­mal. Total dura­tion for ­right ­cold calor­ic (RCC) irri­ga­tion was ­found ­increased in ­groups II and III, where­as ­mean val­ues of MSS ­were ­found to be ­decreased.
Conclusions. The con­clu­sion is ­drawn ­that smok­ing may ­cause hypo­func­tion of the lab­y­rinth.

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