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HIV Linked to Sudden Loss of Hearing

February 22, 2013

According to researcher Yung-Song Lin, MD of Taipei Medical University in Taiwan and colleagues, individuals aged 35 or younger with HIV infection had twice the risk of sudden hearing loss compared to HIV-negative controls. The researchers noted that up to 44 percent of persons with HIV infection have a chronic hearing impairment. In this retrospective study, they reviewed records from Taiwan's national health insurance system on a cohort of 8,760 HIV-infected persons diagnosed between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2006, and those of 43,800 persons not infected with HIV. The subjects were divided by age into groups 18 through 35 years and those older than 35.

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