Relationship between hearing loss and sexual dysfunction

J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Feb;127(2):142-7. doi: 10.1017/S0022215112002952. Epub 2012 Dec 20.


Objective: Deafness may be one of the factors that leads to a change in sexual function. This study aimed to assess sexual function, in particular erectile dysfunction, in male patients with hearing loss.

Materials and methods: We studied two groups: (1) adult men with acquired, bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss, and (2) healthy, adult, married men demonstrated to have normal hearing levels, as the control group. Sexual function was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Functions questionnaire, and quality of life using the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey.

Results: There was a statistically significant difference between the groups regarding the International Index of Erectile Functions questionnaire results (p <0.001), both for each of the five questionnaire domain scores and for the total score.

Conclusion: Our results indicate that men with mild or moderate sensorineural hearing loss have poorer sexual health.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Erectile Dysfunction / complications*
  • Health Surveys
  • Hearing Loss / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires