Migraine Treatment with Sound Sensitivity

March 26, 2013

Imagine listening to horrific karaoke performers for endless hours, days, and even years! It’s enough to give the most resilient of us a splitting headache.  When you suffer with a chronic headache or migraine condition, well, it’s can be downright unbearable.  This is exactly what sidelined a well-known British music personality and ‘judge of all reality TV judges’.  The British news source, The Sun reported that in the midst of filming auditions for Britain’s Got Talent, the show’s star had to take a 5-hour break due to a migraine attack before returning to the set later in the evening.  Fortunately, it would appear that his migraine treatment, which was not revealed in the report, was effective and happily the show was able to go on.

For many individuals with chronic headaches or migraines, sound sensitivity can be a trigger or a symptom, or even both.  According to Wikipedia, migraine symptoms may include phonophobia, an increased sensitivity to sound, along with other heightened sensory sensitivities.  A related migraine symptom is known as hyperacusis, or a high sensitivity to particular sound frequencies.  Similarly, loud noises can also be migraine triggers.  The obvious drug free treatment for migraines or headaches that are aggravated by noise is elimination.  Obviously, this solution isn’t very practical because you can’t effortlessly control other people’s activities or environmental factors.  The next preferred option would be retreating into a quiet space and avoiding the offending sounds.  If that is also not possible, noise canceling headphones or industrial earmuffs can be wonderfully helpful.  A more discreet, but maybe not as effective, option would be earplugs that you can easily find in most drug stores.

Of course, it’s also possible that several other known migraine triggers like bright lights in the recording studio, stress and fragmented sleep due to long hours on set may have contributed to the show’s migraine interruption.  For someone who struggles with a chronic headache or migraine condition, as well as a stressful job in a noisy environment, being prepared with a preventative migraine treatment is definitely a wise plan.  According to a Medscape article, a 2006-research study from Albert Einstein College of Medicine indicated that about 77 percent of migraine sufferers between the ages of 18 and 38 are phonosensitive.  However, that number decreases to 67 percent for migraineurs ages 60 and above.  So the good news is that headache and migraine sufferers who are noise sensitive are likely to improve over time.

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