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J Audiol Otol. 2019 Jan;23(1):49-52. English. Original Article.
Talebi H , Moallemi M , Ghorbani M .
Department of Audiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Communication Disorders Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
Department of Audiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Background and Objectives

Considering important role of vitamin D in many physiological processes including vestibular system in the ear, aim of present study is to evaluate saccule function via cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potential (cVEMP), in patients with vitamin D deficiency.

Subjects and Methods

After routine audiological tests, cVEMP were recorded in 15 patients with vitamin D deficiency and 16 normal subjects. The short tone burst (95 dB nHL, 500 Hz) was presented to ears. cVEMP was recorded with surface electromyography over the contracted ipsilateral sternocleidomastoid muscle.


Mean of p13, n13, interpeak latencies and amplitude ratios were measured in both groups. Statistical analysis did not show differences between two groups.


Maybe serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration was not low enough to have effect on saccule in the patients in present study or saccule have had low susceptibility to effects of vitamin D deficiency. For better judgment about effect of vitamin D deficiency on saccular function planning studies with high sample size is recommended.

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