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Hearing Loss and MS

Hearing Loss and MS

Although hearing impairment is a relatively rare symptom of MS, it is definitely one that we need to talk about more often. In the past neurologists did not think that MS could affect our sense of hearing, but we now know that relapses can damage the nerves responsible for hearing and language comprehension. Damage to these nerves, which are located in the brainstem and auditory cortex, can cause a variety of difficulties. Here are some of those difficulties.

Read Stephanie’s original post here.


  • thumper
    3 years ago

    Wow! I thought it was just me! About 3yrs before I was diagnosed with M.S. I was going to the Doctor cause I could’nt hear. I saw an Audiologist, he did’nt see a problem. I was a Cook at a Snack Bar them and had to have my customers Write down their Orders, It was that Bad! And then it just went away?

  • itasara
    4 years ago

    Interesting article. I do have what is called a hearing conductive problem. I discovered in many years ago when I put a tuning fork to the top of my head and I the sound was transmitted away from my “good” ear to the one that was bothering me the most. I saw an ent about this and he was not sure what caused this. He put an ear tube in just once and that did help. He eventually called it a eusachian tube problem and I can’t remember the exact name. I’ve learned to kind of ignore it although often I feel like that ear just won’t “open.” It pops open and close and as far as hearing goes, I hear okay but it is like I have my finger in my ear all the time. As a singer I find it very annoying. Is it possible it was an MS causation? I had no known symptoms of MS when I first realized this was a problem of MS and I wwas diagnosed maybe 20 or so years later from when I found out I had this eustachian tube disfunction. Some of these things are very hard to know where they come from and what role MS might or might not have. It is one of the symptoms of something I have to live with.

  • Ann osterberg
    4 years ago

    I find this site so informative . I have learned so much about my ms from here then any at her place or Dr. This article on hearing help me understand why I am so sensitive to sound . Loud noises actually hurt and brings on anxiety.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    4 years ago

    Ann Osterberg,
    Thank you so much for commenting. We appreciate you being a part of our community. So sorry to hear that you’re affected by sound, but please know that you’re not alone. We are very glad that you enjoy our website!
    Meagan, Team Member

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