A Taiwanese study has found that the use of antidepressants increases the risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

A study has found that the increased risk for a sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) for antidepressant users is 1.36 compared with non-users.

In the study, all classes of antidepressants consistently increased the risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Patients receiving four classes of antidepressants were associated with a much higher risk of a sudden hearing loss, while those receiving only one or two classes of antidepressants had a lower risk.

About the study

The study used data from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database and included 218,466 antidepressant users and 1,116,518 non-users. Each patient was tracked for 5 years to ascertain whether or not they were diagnosed with a sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL).

The study, “Antidepressants and risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a population-based cohort study”, was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Sources: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and the International Journal of Epidemiology

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