Aim: To examine
the frequency of sensorineural hearing loss in patients presented with drug
resistant pulmonary tuberculosis.
Study Design: Prospective/Observational
Place and Duration: Department of ENT
Unit-2 and Head & Neck Surgery Civil Hospital Quetta and Department of
Pulmonology, Fatima Jinnah General & Chest Hospital Quetta from 1st
July 2019 to 31st December 2019.
Methodology: Eighty patients of both genders with ages 18 to 60 years presented with
drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis were enrolled in this study. Patients
detailed demographics including age, sex, residence and co-morbidities were
recorded after taking written consent. ASHA criteria were applied to examine
the sensorineural hearing loss. Pure-tone averages were used to examine the
degree of sensorineural hearing loss.
were 52 (65%) males and 28 (35%) females with mean age 36.42±11.54 years. Sensorineural
hearing loss was found in 54 (67.5%) patients. 53 (66.25%) patients had 3
frequency average and 50 (62.5%) had 5-frequency average.
of sensorineural hearing loss was high in drug-resistant tuberculosis patients.
Keywords: Drug-resistant pulmonary tuberculosis, Sensorineural