Gout and Hearing Loss

Gout and Hearing Loss are associated.

Gout and deafness are associated. As we age, our senses naturally become duller, for some it is the reduction of vision, but also we can experience Hearing loss.

In fact, a recent national health survey found that sixty five percent of adults over the age of seventy within the United States have deafness in some form. A good percentage is related to gout and Hearing loss.

Hearing loss has been associated to comorbidities, dementia, stroke, and heart disease. Gouty arthritis has not been connected to deafness within the past, or though the condition shares several risk factors with deafness, as well as older age, being a male, and cardiovascular disease.

A new study has connected gouty arthritis or gout with increasing risk of deafness within the aged. Gout is the most common form of Arthritis, especially in the older age group. It is , caused by the surplus formation of uric acid crystals within the joints of the hands and feet.

Also appearing in the spine, on the ears and in the knees.

The researchers analyzed the information of 1.71 million adults within the United States to assemble the information, the researchers took a 5 percent random sample from Medicare records of adults sixty five and over between 2006 and 2012. They then compared the rates of deafness in patients with gout and patients without  gouty arthritis at the point of the study and once more at its conclusion.

Gout will increase deafness by forty four percent There were 89,409 new cases of deafness by the conclusion of the study. The researchers noted that folks with deafness tended to be older.

Clinical trials have found higher rates of sensorineural hearing loss – a type of hearing loss usually caused by poor function of the hair cells in the cochlea – in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For example, one study published in 2006 detected hearing impairment, which was overwhelmingly sensorineural, in 42.7 percent of patients with RA. By contrast, only 15.9 percent of the control group showed that type of hearing loss. Other, smaller studies have found similar results. Some evidence also links psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) with hearing loss (research on hearing loss in patients with Sjögren's syndrome have been inconclusive).


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