Some people with rheumatoid arthritis complain of hearing loss, a full feeling in their ears or fluid in their ear. Although hearing loss is not a common symptom of RA, it can be chronic for RA suffers. Studies over the years seem to disagree about what causes the hearing loss and whether it is really related to RA. There may be several reasons for the hearing loss
First, patients taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) as well as the DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) Plaquenil can develop symptoms of tinnitus and decreased hearing.
Second, patients with Sjogren’s Syndrome can develop hearing loss, although severe hearing loss is unusual. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which inflammation of the glands that produce tears and saliva lead to eye and mouth dryness. Sjogren’s Syndrome is also commonly associated with connective tissue disorders such as RA, lupus or scleroderma. People with RA see to have an increased incidence of also develo...
When it is quiet in the house, I can practically hear “a pin drop” or the sound of the cats paws walking across the kitchen floor. My hearing is very good. Most of the time.
However, as a musician, I have been exposed to enormously dangerous sound levels during various concert and rehearsal settings. Horn players often sit in front of the percussion, trumpet, or trombone sections, a situation which can lead not only to pain but to hearing loss.
When one experiences prolonged exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels, the tiny hairs in the ear which help transmit sound can become permanently damaged. So I have had a good excuse for any “what did you say?” moments.
But I’ve noticed something which has changed since I developed MS. I can’t hear well although I have extraordinary hearing. Doesn’t make sense, I know, but it’s true.
Let me describe what it feels like. Sound waves traveling thr...
Dear Dr. Borigini, Is TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) often associated with migraines? I have had chronic classical migraines since Feb. 2004 due to my jaw dislocation. Patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders exhibit significantly more jaw dysfunction and pericranial muscle tenderness compared to migraine patients. Jaw pain that occurs with chewing often is considered to be TMJ dysfunction, particularly if subluxation (abnormality of the normal position of a joint) of the jaw can be shown on the physical examination. The cause of migraines is unknown; there may be some genetic influence. Regional alterations in blood flow in the brain due to dilation of the arteries in the brain accompany a migraine attack. Migraines can be on one side of the head, or they can be generalized. They may be preceded by visual changes, numbness or tingling, restlessness, or depression . The patient may have attacks daily, or every several months. I...
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