Psoriasis and Deafness


Did you know that psoriasis can cause deafness?

It’s(psoriasis) taken over my body.” —Kim Kardashian December 2018

Many notable individuals have psoriasis, including Kim Kardashian, Art Garfunkel, LeAnn Rimes, and Jon Lovitz to name a few. Psoriasis is a biblical disease that has been around for a long time and it presents with inflammation of the skin and joints, and that’s how most people recognize psoriasis. White scaly raised rash on the elbows and knees with flaking of the scalp and ears are the most common presentation. Most people are exposed to psoriasis ads for the many new high-tech treatments on television and multimedia outlets. However, psoriasis has been linked to heart disease and now hearing loss. Over 7 million Americans have psoriasis, and about over 3.5million have hearing symptoms. Psoriasis can cause hearing loss in two ways: 1st, the thick scaling of psoriasis can plug the ear canal shut. 2nd, psoriasis can damage the very organ that transmits vibrations into nerve signals that are sent to the brain for understanding of sound. If this organ, the cochlela, is damaged, the hearing loss can be permanent. This is why its important to visit a hearing doctor, usually an ear, nose, throat specialist or an otologist. Hearing loss is difficult to detect in its earliest state, that’s why a checkup is helpful to prevent permanent damage.

Please refer to this latest article in the premier Hearing Journal:

Memar, Omeed; Caughlin, Benjamin; Djalilian, Hamid R. Psoriatic Involvement of the Ear. The Hearing Journal. 72(1):44,45,47, January 2019. [doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000552754.82111.04]



Seems like you have a vested interest in the article, being the first author apparently.

Having been a psoriatic at least since my early twenties, I have almost a lifetime of experience with the disease. I’m fortunate in that my symptoms have been very mild most of my life.

However, I asked my audiologist about it when I first got fitted for HA’s. She’s been in the profession for decades (she’s probably in her 60’s). She said in her experience there is almost never any involvement of the ear canals from wearing HA’s and not to worry about it. If one searches the National Psoriasis Foundation website on “ear canal,” nothing comes up.

It seems from another earlier publication that those most likely to suffer hearing loss are those with severe systemic symptoms, e.g., psoriatic arthritis, where you can get systemic inflammation. Other immune-related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis have been associated with hearing loss.

It would help your point if you gave actual statistics on hearing loss associated with mild, moderate, and severe psoriasis with case-controls for age and other factors, e.g., arthritic or not. Most of the bad things that I’ve heard follow on psoriasis, e.g., associated heart disease, in my limited knowledge, seem to be involved with developing an arthritic form of the disease.

It is interesting that sudden sensorineural hearing loss usually occurs in one ear in a matter of days to people in their 40’s or 50’s and one of the possible treatments is systemic steroids, which might suppress inflammation. (the whole Wikipedia article on sensorineural hearing loss is quite long and quite interesting)



Please cite evidence here unless you want to get branded as just trying to promote your personal views with no evidence to back up your “faith”.



Thanks for the helpful input.



Interesting. The Hearing Journal is almost (in some ways) a competitor to Hearing Tracker as a source of hearing-related news, information, and reference to articles of scholarly work.

Haven’t kept up with scientific literature but do all leading journals these days also have a Facebook account and Twitter account? If so, it’s a brave new world, baby!