Are Pain Killers Making You Deaf? Over the Counter Medication & Hearing Loss

A number of widely available pain killers could increase your chances of suffering hearing loss. That is the verdict of one of the world’s foremost medical authorities on hearing loss.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Thursday, February 20, 2014

Turn the music down, wear ear protectors at work and limit your use of pain relievers to a minimum.

A number of widely available pain killers could increase your chances of suffering hearing loss. That is the verdict of one of the world’s foremost medical authorities on hearing loss.

In an article published online at thetimesnews.com this month, Dr Anthony Komaroff explained that several over the counter painkillers and prescription drugs could harm the nerves located in the inner ear. This is one of the primary causes of hearing loss, in addition to Tinnitus and vertigo, or dizziness.

Dr Komaroff referred to studies carried out at Harvard Medical School which suggested that the most common and widely used pain relievers available, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, could cause hearing loss. The studies revealed that women who took pain killers at least twice per week had a greater chance of experiencing hearing loss. The more frequent the usage the greater the risk.

Sharon Curhan, the author of one of the studies explained that pain relievers contributed to hearing loss by causing damage to the cochlea. Ibuprofen, in particular, was found to reduce the flow of blood to the cochlea which could result in cell damage. In turn, acetaminophen reduced the amount of a particular antioxidant which protected the cochlea.

For the experts at Scrivens Hearing Care, a leading provider of free hearing tests and digital hearing aids in the UK, the message was to use pain killers responsibly, while being mindful of the potential risks of misuse.

Stuart Spencer, Hearing Aid Audiologist at Scrivens Hearing Care said: “There are a number of everyday products and practices which can increase the risk of hearing loss through over use. From listening to loud music on earphones to working in noisy environments without hearing protection or using painkillers too frequently, there are a number of ways we can damage our hearing. But the chances of hearing loss can be reduced by simply exercising caution.

“Turn the music down, wear ear protectors at work and limit your use of pain relievers to a minimum.

“But if you are experiencing hearing loss, help is at hand. Free hearing tests are available at all of the Scrivens Hearing Care branches throughout the UK and our highly qualified hearing aid dispensers can provide all of the information you need to take the right action. With our help it is possible to enjoy a healthy and happy life in spite of your hearing loss.

“The first step is dropping into one of our stores and getting the support you need.”

Scrivens Hearing Care specialise in hearing care and hearing loss. A wide variety of affordable treatments and products are available, including free NHS services. Book a free hearing test today.

For more information visit http://scrivenshearing.com


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