Submitted for Publication: August 17, 2012; final revision received September 30, 2012; accepted November 6, 2012.
Author Contributions: Drs Fukudome and Lin had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Drs Fukudome and Wang equally contributed to the work. Study concept and design: Ye, Zheng, and Lin. Acquisition of data: Fukudome, Narita, Sunaga, Fujieda, Hu, and Feng. Analysis and interpretation of data: Fukudome, Wang, Hamajima, and Lin. Drafting of the manuscript: Fukudome, Wang, Hamajima, Ye, Zheng, Hu, and Lin. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Narita, Sunaga, Fujieda, Feng, and Lin. Statistical analysis: Fukudome, Wang, and Lin. Obtained funding: Wang, Ye, Zheng, and Lin. Administrative, technical, and material support: Hamajima, Sunaga, Fujieda, Feng, and Lin. Study supervision: Ye, Narita, and Lin.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by grant R01008165 from the National Institutes of Health, R01 supplement 00010055, the National Organization for Hearing Research, and 5M Lions International Foundation.