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Is There a Link Between Migraines and Hearing Loss?

Over 37 million Americans suffer from migraines, which are primary headaches accompanied by other symptoms like light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and blurred vision, among other things. Symptoms can last a few hours to several days. Unfortunately, people who suffer from migraines are also at higher risk for other health conditions.

Studies have shown those who suffer from migraines may be at an increased risk for experiencing ringing of the ears (tinnitus) or developing hearing loss such as sensorineural hearing loss. Migraine attacks can compromise blood supply to the auditory system causing abnormalities and ultimately damaged sensory hair cells, that lead to what is known as sensorineural hearing loss.

Furthermore, migraine sufferers are also more prone to experiencing a less common condition known as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL). SSHL is rapid and dramatic hearing loss immediately or within a few days. This is a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately by an auditory professional.  

An auditory electrophysiological test can be conducted to evaluate the inner ear and highlight abnormalities that are causing or may lead to hearing loss. Hearing problems may not show up right away if you have migraines, but, if you’ve experienced migraines or signs of hearing loss, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today for a free consultation.