What’s that? Hearing loss and other aural phenomenon may impact around 30% of people living with lupus.
“Autoimmune inner-ear disease” (AIED) was first described by Brian McCabe in his landmark 1979 paper. McCabe reported on 18 patients whose lupus symptoms included hearing loss due to damage to the nerves and structures of the inner ear.
Hearing loss is one of the less-appreciated symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases. It is most common in middle-aged and older women. Because of this, autoimmune inner-ear disease is often mistaken for age-related hearing loss.
Other symptoms of AIED include:
- vertigo and challenges with balance that can lead to falls
- headaches that may muddy the hearing loss symptoms or blend into the other symptoms of lupus