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Hearing Loss Due to Familial Hypercholesterolemia and Statin Treatment

Author(s): Muhammed Oylumlu | Faris Mahmode Lolan | Suleyman Ercan | Gokhan Altunbas | Zeynel Karatas | Vedat Davutoglu

Journal: European Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
ISSN 2042-4884

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: hearing loss | statin | familial hypercholesterolemia

It has been suggested that high cholesterol levels might have adverse effects on hearing and interest- ingly statins may have beneficial effects on hearing loss. Herein, we share a dramatic improvement in acute hearing loss by statin administration in a young patient with familial hypercholesterolemia. To our knowledge this is the first report indicating the possible role of statins in patients suffering from sudden hearing loss in the context of familial hypercholesterolemia. Although the statin administra- tion as a therapeutic option for sudden hearing loss needs to be clarified in prospective studies, this case report might shed more light for possible association of dyslipidemia and hearing loss and role of statins in such cases.

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