Migraine—a neurological disease that causes severe head pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms—is the third most prevalent illness worldwide, affecting 12% of the population, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.
The symptoms of a migraine can be debilitating, causing individuals to miss work or school. In some cases, it could even cause hearing loss.
According to Hear-it AISBL—a nonprofit organization that provides information on hearing loss—migraine sufferers may have double the risk of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL), a rare condition that causes unexplained hearing loss.
The article on Hear-it.org details a 2013 study performed by researchers at Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan in which 10,280 migraine sufferers were compared to a 41,120 patients in a control group who had not experienced migraines. The migraine group was almost twice as likely to experience hearing loss; additionally, comorbidity with hypertension among the migraine group was also associated with developing SSNHL.
Hear-it also notes a link between lowered otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem responses (ABR) among individuals prone to migraines, and auditory dysfunction (fear of loud noises and tinnitus), a potential precursor to hearing loss. The 2012 report from researchers at Egypt’s Assiut University Hospital’s Department of Neurology and Psychology that was published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, found that these abnormalities in the cochlea and auditory pathways may be a result of compromised blood supply to the auditory system during a migraine. Without healthy circulation, hair cells in the cochlea may become damaged or die, causing hearing loss.
For those suffering from migraines, it’s important to note any change or worsening in symptoms that could signify a complication. Making regular appointments with your healthcare or hearing care practitioner can help identity and treat any related issues before they become more serious.
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This content is provided to the 4MyHearingBiz community by CareCredit and also adapted from Hear-it.org.