In the United States, estimates are that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. The most common symptoms of allergies include congestion, sneezing, sinus pressure and itchy eyes. However, 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.
Allergies & Hearing Loss Explained
Although hearing loss is not a very common symptom of allergies, it’s important to understand what to do. Below, we discuss how you can treat hearing loss without causing permanent damage.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are your body’s response to what it believes to be a threat. Your immune system responds to this threat in the same way that it would fight against an infection or disease: by creating antibodies to protect you. Substances that can cause this allergic reaction are known as allergens. Some of the most common are:
- Grass and pollen
- Animal dander
How Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?
You may not know it, but your ears connect to your sinuses and your throat. In the case of an allergic reaction, your body will produce histamine. It is the release of this chemical that triggers the allergic symptoms. In some cases, the allergic reaction causes a buildup of mucus and congestion, which in turn can cause your sinuses to swell. This swelling of your sinuses can block sound waves that travel through to the small bones of your middle ear that helps you to hear.
Can this Type of Hearing Loss Be Treated?
In most instances, hearing loss associated with an allergic reaction is a temporary symptom and 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).
Trust the Hearing Specialists at Hearing Services of Delaware
If your hearing loss persists even once the rest of the symptoms of your reaction have gone away, we recommend that you call us immediately. At Hearing Services of Delaware, we are committed to providing you with the latest and most effective hearing solutions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our certified hearing care professionals.