An observed relationship between vestibular function and auditory thresholds in aircraft-maintenance workers

Maya Guest, May Boggess, Catherine D'Este, John Attia, Anthony Brown

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the vestibular function and whether an association exists between vestibular function and hearing thresholds in a group of military aircraft-maintenance workers with exposures to high levels of noise and organic solvents, relative to two different comparison groups. METHODS: Vestibular function (using functional reach) and hearing (with pure-tone audiometry) were assessed in 601 exposed personnel, compared with two unexposed groups (500 technical trade and 391 nontrade). RESULTS: Linear regression model showed that functional reach was slightly better for the comparison groups than the exposed group, with only one group being statistically significant, and there was a significant association between vestibular function and auditory thresholds at 500 and 1000 Hz. CONCLUSION: This study has demonstrated a relationship between low-frequency hearing loss, vestibular dysfunction, anxiety, and depression in an occupational population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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