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Abstract: Assessment of the ear and otoacoustic emission findings in fibromyalgia syndrome

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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2005 Sep-Oct;23(5):701-3. Yilmaz M, Baysal E, Gunduz B, Aksu A, Ensari N, Meray J, Bayazit YA. Department of Otolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Besevler, Ankara, Turkey. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess otoacoustic emission (OAE) findings in fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome. METHODS: Thirty-two ears of 16 female patients with FM syndrome and 30 ears of 15 healthy female controls were also included in the study. Pure tone audiometry, speech discrimination testing, tympanometry and otoacoustic emission testing (both transiently evoked and distortion product) were performed. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between the pure tone hearing results of the patients and controls (p > 0.05). There was no significant difference between the distortion-product-otoacoustic emission results of the patients and controls. Audiologic findings of the patients with and without otologic symptoms were not significantly different than controls (p > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Although FM patients generally have subjective symptoms related to ear, clinical or laboratory assessments usually fail to find out any objective finding related to these subjective symptoms. The otologic functions seem spared in FM syndrome. PMID: 16173251 [PubMed - in process]




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