Session Type: ACR Poster Session B
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and hearing impairment in the Korean adult population.
Methods: Audiometric and laboratory test data from the 2010–2012 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) were used for analysis. The relationship between RA and hearing impairment was analyzed, adjusting various known risk factors associated with hearing impairment. We defined hearing impairment for 2 categories of frequency (low/mid, high): Low/mid frequency, average of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 kHz, and high frequency, average of 3.0, 4.0, and 6.0 kHz.
Results: A total of 15,598 subjects completed the audiometric tests. The overall weighted (n = 32,898,665) prevalence of RA was 1.5%. Frequency of hearing impairment was higher in subjects with RA than in those without RA in both low/mid and high frequency (22.0% vs 7.8%, p < 0.001 and 43.3% vs. 26.4%, p < 0.001, respectively). In multivariable logistic analysis, RA (odds ratios (OR) 1.54, 95% CI 1.07 to 2.22, p = 0.021) was an independent risk factor for low/mid frequency hearing impairment along with age (OR 1.12, 95% CI 1.11 to1.13, p < 0.001), college graduation (OR 0.51, 95% CI 0.38 to 0.69, p < 0.001), and occupational exposure (OR 1.46, 95% CI 1.19 to 1.81, p < 0.001). In the multivariable analysis of high-frequency hearing impairment, RA did not show any association with hearing impairment.
Conclusion: This study first demonstrated that RA is associated with low-/mid-frequency hearing impairment after adjustment of various known risk factors.
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Jeong H, Eun YH, Park EJ, Chae JY, Kim H, Lee J, Cha HS, Koh EM. Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Associated with Low-/Mid-Frequency Hearing Impairment: Data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/rheumatoid-arthritis-is-associated-with-low-mid-frequency-hearing-impairment-data-from-the-korean-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey/. Accessed November 25, 2020.
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