Association of Skin Color, Race/Ethnicity, and Hearing Loss Among Adults in the USA

  title={Association of Skin Color, Race/Ethnicity, and Hearing Loss Among Adults in the USA},
  author={F. R. Lin and Paige Maas and Wade Chien and John P. Carey and Luigi Ferrucci and Roland Thorpe},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology},
Epidemiologic studies of hearing loss in adults have demonstrated that the odds of hearing loss are substantially lower in black than in white individuals. The basis of this association is unknown. We hypothesized that skin pigmentation as a marker of melanocytic functioning mediates this observed association and that skin pigmentation is associated with hearing loss independent of race/ethnicity. We analyzed cross-sectional data from 1,258 adults (20–59 years) in the 2003–2004 cycle of the… CONTINUE READING
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