Iodine deficiency, thyroid function and hearing deficit: a review

A. Boonstra, I. MacKenzie

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Abstract

Iodine deficiency affects an estimated 241 million school-aged children in the world. Little is known about iodine deficiency in relation to auditory function, except for the fact that deaf-mutism is one of the features of cretinism. In the present review, we documented the scientific knowledge on the role of iodine and hypothyroidism in the auditory system. We found that ear development and hearing function depend on thyroid hormones. Multiple pathways are involved in this, including both inner ear morphology as well as neurological processes. Conductive as well as sensorineural hearing loss is found in studies with animals that were rendered hypothyroidic. In humans, auditory impairment is reported frequently in relation to hypothyroidism, ranging from mild disturbances to severe handicap. Auditory impairment has been related more explicitly to congenital hypothyroidism than to acquired hypothyroidism. The critical period for thyroid function-related hearing maturation is the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. Although only a limited number of studies have directly investigated the relationship between iodine deficiency and auditory function, most studies point toward an association. However, evidence from good randomised controlled trials is lacking. Inclusion of auditory outcomes in iodine supplementation studies is therefore to be recommended, especially for trials in pregnancy. Hearing deficit is an invisible abnormality, but has major consequences for educational and social skills if not detected. In view of this, auditory impairment should be mapped in iodine-deficient areas in order to realistically estimate the magnitude of the problem.
LanguageEnglish
Pages110-117
JournalNutrition Research Reviews
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Iodine
Hearing
Thyroid Gland
Hypothyroidism
Congenital Hypothyroidism
Conductive Hearing Loss
Pregnancy
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Second Pregnancy Trimester
Deafness
Inner Ear
First Pregnancy Trimester
Thyroid Hormones
Ear
Randomized Controlled Trials

Keywords

  • congenital hypothyroidism
  • pendred-syndrome
  • endemic cretinism
  • brain-development
  • polychlorinated-biphenyls
  • hormone deficiency
  • gene-expression
  • school-children
  • hair-cells
  • deafness

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Iodine deficiency, thyroid function and hearing deficit: a review. / Boonstra, A.; MacKenzie, I.

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