How Migraines and Hearing Loss Are Linked

Posted in: Hearing News  |  November 29, 2012 
How Migraines and Hearing Loss Are Linked

About one in seven people deal with migraines today. According to a new study, those headaches could be associated with hearing loss—so it’s more important than ever to tell your doctor if you’re affected.

 

What’s the link between migraines and hearing trouble? Researchers are still investigating the link, but a new report in the American Journal of Otolaryngology shows that people who suffer from these extreme headaches have two preliminary signs of auditory dysfunction: otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem responses (ABR).

 

Both of these problems are red flags for future hearing loss. Beyond that, almost two-thirds of migraine sufferers tested in the study had unusual auditory electrophysiological test results, even though they could hear normally.

 

If you suffer from migraines, then inform your doctor—and as always, be mindful of the early signs of hearing loss:

  • Fuzzy hearing
  • Difficulty understanding conversations when there are competing background noises
  • Avoiding social interactions where you might have to ask others to repeat themselves
  • Listening to music or the television at a higher-than-normal volume

 

With the right care and attention, hearing loss doesn’t have to be another headache. Visit our office anytime to have a personal consultation and learn how you can keep your ears working at their best.