A Norwegian study has found a relationship between fibromyalgia and hearing loss. Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain disorder, which may be associated with an overall dysregulation of the central nervous system.
The researchers behind the study have found that people with fibromyalgia are 4.5 times more likely to suffer from hearing loss than people without the illness. These participants with no pain-related problems were also included in the study as a control group, so it was possible to make a comparison.
Also people with local musculoskeletal pain, a milder form of fibromyalgia on a smaller scale, were found to suffer from hearing loss. Among these people, the prevalence of hearing loss was not as dominant, as the probability was only 1.8 times higher than for patient without the disease.
About 44,000 people suffering from fibromyalgia or other forms of musculoskeletal pain disorder participated in the Norwegian study to determine whether a correlation between the disease and hearing loss could be established.
The test results were published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders .