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Comment & Response
October 1, 2020

Association Between Hearing Impairment and Postural Instability

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kaohsiung Medical University, School of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 3Department of Community Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 4Faculty of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, School of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(11):1088. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.3276

To the Editor We read with great interest the article published by Bang et al1 recently reporting the association of hearing impairment with postural instability. The authors concluded that moderate or worse hearing loss (HL) was associated with increased odds of postural instability (PI), and aging and female sex were also related to PI. It sounds reasonable, and can be explained by the coexistence of vestibular function impairment with hearing loss due to the anatomical cochlea-vestibule relationship.

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