Migraines Increase Your Risk Of Hearing LossNov 15, 2013
People who suffer from migraine headaches know how debilitating they can be, and now there may be one more cause for concern with migraines – hearing loss. Find out more...
A recent study published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology found that people who suffer from migraines are more likely to have two early indicators of potential hearing impairment – lower otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and auditory brainstem responses (ABR).
Tests Can Determine Hearing Impairment
Otoacoustic emissions are sounds coming from the inner ear that decrease or disappear after the inner ear is damaged. Auditory brainstem responses give us information about the inner ear and brain pathways associated with hearing. Lower test scores in one or both of these measures can indicate diminished hearing.
Further Indications of Hearing Loss
All of the people in the study had been classified as having normal hearing. However, the study found that in addition to these two early indicators of hearing loss, two-thirds of those people who suffered from migraines had abnormalities in auditory electrophysiological testing.
Worse Hearing At Higher Frequencies
Patients with migraines also reported diminished hearing at higher frequencies, which indicated impairment in how sounds are processed by the brain.
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