March 13, 2013:

Migraine double the risk of sudden hearing loss 

Researchers from Taiwan have established a link between migraine and sudden hearing loss.

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) is a rare condition in which a person experiences a sudden and often unexplained hearing loss. Therefore, the condition is also referred to as Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

“Idiopathic” refers to a disease of unknown cause and Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss is consequently a poorly understood condition as it is hard to diagnose and treat.

Researchers from Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan have studied Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. The study matched two groups of patients; one group of patients who suffered from migraine and another group who did not.

The results from Taiwan show that people with migraine have almost twice the risk of developing Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

Rare disease

The results of the study show that a possible link between migraine and hearing loss can be established.

However, even though migraine are a risk factor for sudden sensorineural hearing loss, the condition Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss is still a rare disease and its causes may often be unexplained.

Nevertheless, there are certain possible causes of sudden hearing loss, such as viral infections, tumours and head trauma.

Source: www.ncbi.nih.gov