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The association of food intake on the development of hearing impairment after middle age among Japanese community dwellers

  • Takaki Ogawa
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    Corresponding author at: Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Ear Surgical Center, Meitetsu Hospital, Meitetsu Hospital, 2–26–11, Sako, Nishi–ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Ear Surgical Center, Meitetsu Hospital, Meitetsu Hospital, 2–26–11, Sako, Nishi–ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aichi Medical University, Japan

    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Section of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Japan
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  • Yasue Uchida
    Affiliations
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aichi Medical University, Japan

    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Japan
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  • Saiko Sugiura
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Japan

    Toyota Josui Mental Clinic, Japan
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  • Rei Otsuka
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    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Section of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Japan
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  • Yukiko Nishita
    Affiliations
    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Section of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Japan
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  • Yasushi Fujimoto
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aichi Medical University, Japan
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  • Hiromi Ueda
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    Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Ear Surgical Center, Meitetsu Hospital, Meitetsu Hospital, 2–26–11, Sako, Nishi–ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aichi Medical University, Japan
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  • Fujiko Ando
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    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Section of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Japan

    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan
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  • Hiroshi Shimokata
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    National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Section of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Japan

    Graduate School of Nutrition Sciences, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences, Japan
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      Abstract

      Objectives

      This study aimed to determine whether food intake modifies the risk of developing hearing impairment (HI) in Japanese adults in their 40s.

      Methods

      Data for individuals who were in their 40s with no HI at baseline and had participated in the survey multiple times were extracted from the National Institute for Longevity Sciences, Longitudinal Study of Aging. A total of 1846 samples observed for up to 11.5 years in 421 participants were included in the analyses. The average 3-day food intake was calculated. HI is defined as a pure-tone average of the better ear at frequencies of 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz greater than 25 dB. The risk of developing HI in the 18 food groups was calculated longitudinally using multivariable cumulative data analyses.

      Results

      Even after adjusting basic confounding factors, food groups, and baseline hearing level, significant associations were found between beverage consumption and risk increments for HI (odds ratio [OR] = 2.374, 95% confidence interval [CI]:1.141–4.940) and also between mushroom intake and risk reduction (OR = 0.215, 95% CI:0.069–0.667). Other foods did not consistently show significant results when the combination of analysis variables were changed.

      Conclusions

      Although the effect of food on hearing is modest to the extent that the significance varies with the variables used in the analysis, the intake of beverages and mushrooms could potentially modify the risk of developing HI after middle age.

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