Sudden hearing loss may be sign of stroke

June 30, 2008 2:51:45 PM PDT
A sudden loss of hearing could be a warning sign of increased stroke risk. A report in the journal "Stroke" makes the observation based on more than 1,400 people taken to the hospital after suddenly losing their hearing.

Those people were more likely to have a stroke in the following five years.

They were only compared to people who were also hospitalized with appendicitis.

At this point, researchers have no idea why the hearing loss would be linked to stroke, and are calling for more studies.

In the meantime they say doctors should consider neurological exams for anyone brought to the hospital for this kind of hearing loss.


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