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REPORT: Common Medications Linked to Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be devastating to anyone. But did you know that some common over-the-counter medications, if taken too often, can contribute to hearing loss?

An article by Sharon G. Curhan, MD, of the Harvard Medical School, states that overuse of ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen has proven to contribute to hearing loss in both men and women.

As Dr. Curhan points out, we have known for quite a while that high doses of aspirin can lead to temporary hearing loss and tinnitus (a ringing in the ears). But new evidence is surfacing that links continued moderate doses of aspirin and acetaminophen with an elevated risk of hearing loss.

A study of over 60,000 women who used analgesics (read: ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen) regularly over 14 years found that of that 60,000 over 10,000 of them developed hearing loss. The definition of “regularly” for this study was two or more days per week.

While there is more research to be done on this subject, researchers have identified some factors that contribute to hearing loss, including aging, some medical conditions, the use of certain medications, exposure to loud noise and genetics. But the most significant finding suggests that too frequent a use of analgesics may also be a contributor to hearing loss, and a preventable contributor at that.

This is just one more argument against the use of opioids – in this case in the form of analgesics – for aches and pains that can be solved through the use of all-natural and less invasive avenues. The fact of the matter is this. When we can stay away from using opioids, we are better off for doing so.

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