Sensorineural Hearing Loss: PDF OnlyNageris Ben; Hadar, Tuvia; Feinmesser, Meora; Elidan, JosefThe American Journal of Otology: January 1998 Buy Abstract Hypothesis This study aimed to show whether sensorineural hearing loss in diabetes mellitus is secondary to changes in the organ of Corti and stria vascularis. Background The high rate of sensorineural hearing loss in diabetes mellitus has led to much speculation as to whether there is an association between the two. Methods A well-established diabetic animal model was used to examine the inner ear histopathologically. Results No statistical difference in the inner and outer hair cells or in the stria vascularis was shown between the geneticdiabetic rats and control subjects. Conclusions If there is hearing loss with diabetes, its pathogenesis does not involve damage to the hair cells or stria vascularis. © 1998, The American Journal of Otology, Inc.