Cytomegalovirus and Hearing

Timothy C. Hain, MD Return to Index. • Page last modified: February 24, 2018

Cytolomegalovirus, or CMV infections occur both congenitally as well as can be acquired later in life.

Hearing impaired children have impaired motor performance compared to normal children. This has been attributed to damage to the saccule. Maes et al (2017) reported "Symptomatic hearing-impaired cCMV children demonstrated a significantly lower gross motor performance compared with the control group (p = 0.005), the asymptomatic cCMV group (p = 0.034), and the Cx26 group (0.016). In this symptomatic hearing-impaired cCMV group, 4 out of 8 children had absent cVEMP responses that were related to the weakest gross motor performance. "

We have encountered an adult patient, a physician, who was infected with CMV, and who developed a Meniere's like syndrome.