Allergies & Hearing Loss Explained
Allergy sufferers know how frustrating it can be to deal with the usual allergy symptoms like sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure and itchy eyes. So you might be disappointed to know that in addition to these common allergy symptoms, you can also experience hearing loss in conjunction with allergy attacks.
On the positive side, hearing loss caused by allergic reactions is not only less common, but is usually temporary. Although this doesn’t happen very often, it is a good idea to learn about it so that you can recognize if your allergies are causing some temporary hearing loss and what you can do to safely treat it without causing any permanent damage.
How Do Allergies Cause Hearing Problems?
Most people don’t realize that our ears are connected to our throat and sinuses, which is why hearing can sometimes be affected during an allergic reaction. During this even, your immune system will release histamine. Histamine is what causes the allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, watery eyes, congestion, and mucus buildup. When the sinuses swell and congestion builds, this combination can block the sound waves that flow through to the tiny bones of your middle ear to help you hear. Fortunately, this hearing loss is usually temporary and will go away as the allergies dissipate.
Can Hearing Loss from Allergies Be Treated?
The good news is that not only is allergy related hearing loss usually temporary, it can also be treated. Over-the-counter allergy medications (antihistamines) counteract the production of histamine, so that is what stops the symptoms and accompanying hearing loss. However, you should definitely consult your doctor or allergist before starting or changing allergy medication. Even over-the-counter options can still have side-effects. If your symptoms persist and your hearing does not return to normal once the allergic reaction has dissipated, call us right away to schedule an appointment to determine what is going on with your hearing.
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