Common Health Conditions Linked to Hearing Loss

You may think of hearing loss as something that just happens as we age. However, there are health conditions that are linked to hearing loss. Fortunately, once you know what may be damaging your hearing, you can take the action to avoid them and remedy the situation. 


Pain relievers like acetaminophen such as Tylenol and generics, ibuprofen such as Advil and generics, and aspirin are harmless, but they have been linked to an increased risk of hearing loss or tinnitus when you begin taking them at high doses or for long periods of time. Stronger pain relievers like Hydrocodone, acetaminophens such as Vicodin or quinines, used to treat malaria, also carry hearing risks.

NOTE: You should follow your primary care provider’s instructions with medications. Nevertheless, if you have noticed changes in your hearing health please speak to your doctor about your medications so you can be proactive about protecting your hearing health.

Infections and Colds

Ear infections are the most common affliction to your ears but a viral or bacterial infection can severely affect your ability to hear. That damage can be permanent if it is not treated quickly. Furthermore, upper respiratory tract infections, such as colds, can also cause unexpected damage to your hearing. Make sure to see a doctor if you notice a sudden loss of hearing. Quick treatment with your health care provider can minimize your risk of permanent damage

Health Conditions & Lifestyle 

Osteoporosis can damage tiny bones inside the ear. As well as high blood pressure and cholesterol have all been linked to an increase in hearing loss.

Hearing loss is twice as common among people with diabetes as among those without it. The small blood vessels that connect to the inner ear can be affected by health conditions like diabetes.

A Japanese study observed that cigarette smokers were about one and a half times as likely as nonsmokers to develop high-frequency hearing loss. High-frequency hearing loss can make understanding higher pitched voices more difficult. Many doctors suggest that other lifestyle factors, such as a lack of exercise, might also increase the risk.

Again it is very important to check in with your healthcare provider if you suffer from these symptoms. 

It is very important to take care of your physical health. Health problems do not affect just isolated areas but can affect your body in more ways than one. 

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