Some people with rheumatoid arthritis complain of a full feeling in their ears or fluid in their ear, as well as some hearing loss. The problem appears to be chronic for many people with rheumatoid arthritis.
The Connection Between Hearing Loss And Rheumatic DiseaseHearing loss is not a commonly recognized feature of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). On the other hand, patients with Sjogren's Syndrome (a condition that occurs with an increased incidence in rheumatoid arthritis patients) can develop hearing loss, although severe hearing loss is unusual.
More commonly, patients with Sjogren's Syndrome may complain of:
Arthritis Medications And Hearing Loss
Rheumatoid arthritis patients taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) as well as the DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) Plaquenil can develop symptoms of tinnitus and concomittant decreased hearing.
If these symptoms occur, consider a change in medication.
If symptoms persist, consult an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist) for proper diagnosis and management.
Answer provided by Scott J. Zashin, M.D., clinical assistant professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Division of Rheumatology, in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Zashin is also an attending physician at Presbyterian Hospitals of Dallas and Plano. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Zashin is author of Arthritis Without Pain - The Miracle Of Anti-TNF Blockers. The book is a must-have for anyone on one of the biologic drugs (Enbrel, Remicade, Humira) or considering the biologic drugs. Read my review of the book.