The Effect of Central Obesity on the Auditory Threshold of 25 to 40-Year-Old Men and Women

Document Type : Original Articles


1 Student, Student Research Committee, Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 PhD Candidate, Department of Clinical Psychology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

4 Audiologist, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran



Introduction: The auditory system is one of the sensitive organ of the human being, and plays a primary role in the life. Overweighting is a risk factor with possibly effects on the sensory and motor systems including vision, proprioception, and hearing. In this study, we compared the effects of central obesity on the auditory thresholds between men and women.Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we studied 60 participants (30 women and 30 men) aged 25-40 years. Height, weight, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) were measured for all of the participants. In addition, getting history, examining by autoscope, tympanometry, and audiometry were done for the patients. Finally, low frequency average (250, 500, and 1000 Hz) and high frequency average (2000, 4000, and 8000 Hz) were compared between men and women using independent t-test in SPSS software.Results: Comparing the mean auditory thresholds showed a significant statistically difference between the men and women (P < 0.001). Central obesity had significant effects on high-frequency thresholds in women (P < 0.0001). In contrast, central obesity had no significant effects on high-frequency thresholds in women (P > 0.050).Conclusion: It seems that the central obesity has not a significant effect on the male auditory system. In contrast, the significant ones could be seen in the females’ auditory system.


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