Medial olivocochlear reflex in ankylosing spondylitis patients

Beyazal M. S. , OEZGUER A., Terzi S. , CELIKER M. , Dursun E.

ZEITSCHRIFT FUR RHEUMATOLOGIE, vol.75, no.10, pp.1016-1020, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00393-016-0100-8
  • Page Numbers: pp.1016-1020


Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease. Via autoimmune mediators, AS can damage the auditory system similar to other systems. Otoacoustic emission studies in AS patients showed that the damage that causes hearing loss was in the outer hair cells. The medial olivocochlear (MOC) reflex is used to evaluate the MOC efferent system (MOES), which includes the outer hair cells. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of subclinical damage in the inner ear with the aid of the MOC reflex test in AS patients with no hearing complaints.