Sleep Apnea Tied to Hearing Loss in Large Study

At this week's 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference, a large-scale study was presented showing that both high- and low-frequency hearing impairment are linked with sleep apnea. The researchers speculate that the link may involve the adverse effects of sleep apnea on vascular supply to the cochlea via inflammation and vascular remodeling or noise trauma from snoring.