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...
Definition Hearing loss is the total or partial inability to hear sound in one or both ears. This article focuses on hearing loss in infants. Alternative Names Deafness -- infants; Hearing impairment -- infants; Conductive hearing loss -- infants; Sensorineural hearing loss -- infants; Central hearing loss -- infants Causes, incidence, and risk factors About 2 - 3 infants out of every 1,000 live births will have some degree of hearing loss at birth. Hearing loss can also develop in children who had normal hearing as infants. The loss can occur in one or both ears, and may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Profound hearing loss is what most people call deafness. Some cases of hearing loss are progressive (they get worse over time). Other cases of hearing loss stay stable and do not get worse. Risk factors for infant hearing loss include: Family history of hearing loss Infection with some viruses and bacteria Low birth weight Problems with the structure of the skull bones There are four types...
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...
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