Is hypozincemia related to tinnitus? A population study using data from the Korea national health and nutrition examination survey

Hyung Jin Jun, Sohea Ok, Richard Tyler, Soon Young Hwang, Sungwon Chae

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Abstract

Objectives. The aim of present study was to determine the relationship between serum zinc level and tinnitus using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). Methods. The present study examined the relationship between serum zinc level and tinnitus using data from the KNHANES. A total of 2,225 KNHANES participants responded to the tinnitus questionnaire and provided blood samples to measure serum zinc concentration. Based on questionnaire responses, participants were categorized into control, mild tinnitus, moderate tinnitus, and severe tinnitus subgroups. Results. There were no significant differences between groups in serum zinc level after adjustment for sex, age, and hearing loss. Conclusion. It was concluded that hypozincemia is not related to tinnitus in a large population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-338
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Hearing loss
  • Serum zinc
  • Tinnitus
  • Zinc deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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