Growing evidence suggests that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for hearing loss; however, the evidence has been inconsistent.
This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the effect of alcohol consumption on hearing loss.
We searched several databases up to November 2021, for published articles using the keywords “alcohol drinking” and “hearing loss”.
Two investigators independently conducted the study selection and data extraction. Based on the results of the heterogeneity analysis (Q statistic and I2 statistic), a fixed- or random-effects model was used to calculate the pooled odds ratios (ORs).
Subgroup and sensitivity analyses were performed to assess the potential sources of heterogeneity and robustness of the pooled estimation. Publication bias in the literature was evaluated using Egger’s test.