Hearing Loss & Allergies
It’s estimated that each year in the United States, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Common symptoms of an allergy include include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and sinus pressure. Although not a common symptom, hearing loss can also be caused by an allergic reaction. The good news is if you’re experiencing hearing loss as a result of your allergies, it’s usually temporary. Understanding what you can do if you are experiencing hearing loss from your allergies can help avoid any long-term damage.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are your body’s way of responding to what it believes to be a threat. Your immune system responds in the same way it responds to an infection or disease: by creating antibodies. Substances that can trigger this allergic reaction are known as allergens. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Grass and pollen
- Animal dander
How Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?
Your ears are connected to your throat and your sinuses. If you have an allergic reaction, your body will produce histamine. When this chemical is released, allergy symptoms are triggered. In some cases, the allergic reaction causes congestion or a buildup of mucus, which in turn can cause your sinuses to swell. Swelling can block sound waves from traveling through the ear canal and eardrum to the small bones of your middle ear, hindering your hearing.
Is Hearing Loss Caused by Allergies Treatable?
For the most part, hearing loss that is associated with an allergic reaction is a temporary symptom. It is also usually treatable. Allergy medications such as antihistamines can help to reduce the symptoms of the allergic reaction. As these medications can have side effects, we recommend that you check with your local healthcare practitioner or pharmacist before taking any medications (even those you can get over the counter).
If your hearing loss persists even once the rest of the symptoms of your reaction have gone away, we recommend booking in an appointment with a hearing care specialist. The hearing professionals at HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology) will help determine if there is anything else that may be affecting your hearing.
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We are here for you and all your hearing health needs. If you are concerned about the possibility of hearing loss or have any questions about hearing assessments, contact us at HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology) and schedule an appointment today.