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Can loud noises trigger migraines?

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Yes. A loud or bothersome sound can bring on a migraine. It can often add to your stress level. Certain patterns of noise also can be a trigger.

If you know you’re going to be where loud sounds are common, wear earplugs. You could also listen to calming music or sounds with earbuds.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking and Headache.”

The Migraine Trust: “Symptoms and Stages of Migraine,” “Common Triggers.”

National Headache Foundation: “Environmental & Physical Factors,” “Headache Sufferer’s Diet,” “Reader’s Mail: Specific Sounds Trigger Migraine.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Help For Headaches: “Identify Migraine Triggers.”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking and Headache.”

The Migraine Trust: “Symptoms and Stages of Migraine,” “Common Triggers.”

National Headache Foundation: “Environmental & Physical Factors,” “Headache Sufferer’s Diet,” “Reader’s Mail: Specific Sounds Trigger Migraine.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Help For Headaches: “Identify Migraine Triggers.”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

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