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Myasthenia Gravis

MG and the ears

10/05/2005

Question:

Have you had any MG patients with ringing in the ears and or problems with their hearing? Thank You

Answer:

What you are describing is tinnitus and hearing loss. These are usually not associated with myasthenia. Hearing loss can occur in the context of myasthenia due to muscle weakness that allows for middle ear fluid collection through eustachian tube dysfunction. I also found reports of hearing loss associated with myasthenia without a definite clear cause-and-effect relationship. They are also very common as we get older and can occur without myasthenia. I would suggest you seek your primary care doctor and ask for a referral to an audiologist to have your hearing evaluated.

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Response by:

Robert W Neel, IV, MD Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati