28 January 2020

Migraine increases the risk of a sudden hearing loss

People who suffer from migraines are at a greater risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a Korean study finds.

A Korean study has found that people who experience migraines have an increased risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). The risk increased by 34% if you suffered from migraines.

More men than women

Men with migraines had an increased risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). In the study, men had an increased risk than women. Men had a 49% increased risk, while women had a 30% increased risk. More women than men participated in the study.

There was no real difference among the age groups in the study. The 20–59 year old people with migraines had a 32% increased risk of a sudden sensorineural hearing loss, while in the 60+ age group, people with migraines had a 35% increased risk.

About the study

The study was carried out with a sample of more than 225,000 people from The Korean National Health Insurance Service from 2002 to 2013. 45,114 migraine participants were matched according to age, sex, income, region of residence, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia with 180,456 people in the control group.

The study, “Migraine increases the proportion of sudden sensorineural hearing loss: A longitudinal follow-up study”, was published in the journal Auris Nasus Larynx in 2018.

Sources: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and Auris Nasus Larynx

 

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