This may have already been mentioned, but if not, I hope this information can help others. I have a form of Lupus (C.R.E.S.T.), and one of the first recognized symptoms was sudden hearing loss. Despite taking anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressive drugs for many years, my disease has never gone into "remission" and I now am about 80% deaf. I do know that having autoimmune disease related hearing loss does not necessarily mean you will develop a full-blown autoimmune disease.