Hearing Loss: Does Gender Play a Role?

, University of Washington Medical Center; , University of Washington Medical Center, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center


Medscape General Medicine. 1997;1(2) 

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Many unanswered questions remain regarding gender differences in hearing loss. As they age, men tend to lose their high-frequency hearing, while women maintain their better high-frequency hearing but have greater low-frequency losses. Whether differences in the high-frequency ranges will persist remains to be seen, as women are now exposed to much of the same hazardous environmental noise levels as men. Additionally, biologic factors, such as hormonal and cardiovascular gender differences, require additional study to further characterize gender-based etiologies in hearing loss.