Migraine patients may have higher risk of tinnitus

New diagnosis of 'cochlear migraine' suggested

Patients diagnosed with migraine are at increased risk of experiencing tinnitus, a study suggests.

In a study of more than 1000 patients with migraines and 4000 controls in an insurance database, Taiwanese researchers found the incidence of tinnitus was more than three times as high among those who experience migraine.

The cumulative incidence of cochlear disorders in the migraine group (12.2%) was significantly higher than that in controls (5.5%). There was no significant increase in the risk of sudden deafness or sensorineural hearing impairment.

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