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Can multiple sclerosis (MS) affect my hearing?

While uncommon, hearing loss can be a result of multiple sclerosis (MS) -- an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system where communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted due to a break down in the insulating myelin that surrounds a person's nerves. In some, hearing loss is the first symptom of the disease. It is usually associated with other symptoms that suggest damage to the brainstem, the part of the nervous system that is involved in the control of vision, hearing, balance and equilibrium.
No particular pattern of hearing loss has been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), although some studies have suggested that a loss of hearing in the high frequencies, low frequencies, or both, with best hearing in the mid-frequencies (also known as an arched or dome configuration) may be common.

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