Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg | Volume 3, Issue 5 | Research Article | Open Access

Cochlear Affection in Obese Children

Rafeek Mohamed A*

Department of Otolaryngology, Minia University, Egypt

*Correspondance to: Rafeek Mohamed A 

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Objective: For assessment of hearing of obese children and to detect even minor or early changes in the cochlea of obese children then to determine if obesity is a risk factor for hearing or not. Methods: The 39 children were examined in this research, 10 of them were normal weight children while the others were obese children with BMI equal to or more than 95 percentile. All children were subjected to the following tests as BMI assessment, laboratory investigation in the form of evaluation of blood hemoglobin, blood lipid profile, and blood glucose level. Hearing assessment by pure tone audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex, extended high-frequency assessment, and Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) assessment. Results: There is no statistically significant difference either in pure tone assessment and extended high frequencies assessment or laboratory tests. However, there is a difference in 20 kHz, and transient evoked otoacoustic emission. Conclusion: Obesity by itself is a risk factor for hearing, so hearing screening of obese children is considered.


Obesity; Cochlea; Children


Rafeek Mohamed A. Cochlear Affection in Obese Children. Am J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;3(5):1100.

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