Dr. Viirre is a visiting scientist from the Human Interface Technology Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle.
Migraine as a Cause of Sudden Hearing Loss
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 24–28, January 1996
How to Cite
Viirre, E. S. and Baloh, R. W. (1996), Migraine as a Cause of Sudden Hearing Loss. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 36: 24–28. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1996.3601024.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publication June 27, 1995.
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Sudden heating loss is common, but unexplained in many cases. Although usually attributed to a viral infection of the inner ear in mort patients, the abrupt onset of the hearing loss in many patients argues against a viral etiology. We present 13 cases of unexplained sudden healing loss who meet the diagnostic criteria for migraine. All had the sudden onset of hearing loss and other neurologic phenomena that could be attributed to vasospasm, including vertigo, amaurosis fugax, hemiplegia, facial pain, chest pain, and visual aura. We suggest that vasospasm of the cochlear vasculature was the cause of the sudden hearing loss in these patients. A personal and family history of migraine should be sought in patient; with sudden heating loss and when found, a trial of antispas modic agents should be considered.