Originally Posted by Jewel2
My daughter has progressive MS. Just recently she started having terrible ringing and fluttering in her left ear and she can barely hear out of it. She is also experiencing vertigo which has become an almost daily symptom over the last 2 years. She has seen her primary care physician, an audiologist and an ear doctor. There is nothing wrong with the mechanics of the ear or sinuses which leads us to belief it could be the MS. Her PCP suggested an MRI to look for any lesions that could be causing this so she would know if it really is the MS.
My questions are, have any of you experienced ringing or hearing loss due to MS? Did it improve? Where would the lesion be? Any info you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Julie, So sorry that your lovely daughter is experiencing difficulties and has MS. I did some research for you and my findings are that "ringing in the ears" can be caused by MS. Most of the research indicates that "ringing in the ears", also known as tinnitus, is hard to discern why it occurs but the following list is the suspects. There are two kinds tonal and non-tonal. Also called Objective (rare) and Subjective (common type). Objective kind can be audible to other people standing near individual suffering from it. I read where Neurologists on the web responded and confirmed to MS patients inquiring if tinnitis was MS related. Your daughter's physician who is ordering an MRI to check to see if there is a lesion causing this is right on track! Here's a list of suspected conditions. This too may be helpful for you.
*Use of OTOTOXIC drugs
*Otosclerosis (stiffening of the middle ear bones)
*Trauma to head or neck
*Excess wax buildup
*Hi Blood Pressure; stress; alcohol; caffeine
*Repeated exposure to loud noises
* Food -specific foods may cause tinnitus. Problem foods include red wine, grain-based spirits, cheese, and chocolate. Causes for ringing ears may also include foods rich in salicylates (the same ingredient as in aspirin, which also can cause tinnitus when taken in large amounts).
*Growths/tumors--Acoustic neuromas, glomous tumors, otosclerosis may all cause tinnitus. Surgery may be recommended.
*Vascular abnormalities--Arteries may press too closely against the inner ear structures or nerves and can be a tinnitus cause.
*Dental procedures--Strain on the temporomandibular joint during any dental work has been one of the causes for ringing ears.
*Meniere's Disease is a serious disease of the inner ear, resulting in recurrent attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, and probable causes of ringing in the ears.
*Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is pain in the the muscles, tendons, and ligaments
Hope this helps and that your daughter gets relief!