How does the incidence of sudden hearing loss vary by sex?

Updated: Aug 28, 2019
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The female-to-male distribution appears to be equal. Combined data from several studies show a slight male preponderance, at 53%. Sex does not seem to be a risk factor. However, a large study of 1220 patients had slightly more females. [10]  Moreover, the aforementioned South Korean study by Kim et al reported a slightly greater incidence of unilateral SSNHL in women, with the male-to-female ratio being 1:1.35. [9]


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