How Allergies Can Affect Your Hearing

There are seasonal and environmental allergies that usually cause familiar symptoms like runny nose, itchy, eyes, and sinus problems. However, what you may not know is that allergies can actually cause some hearing loss. Luckily, in most cases the hearing loss associated with allergies is not permanent and treatment options are available. Read on to find out about hearing problems due to allergies and what you can do to treat them.

Hearing Problems Due to Allergies

There are a few ways that allergies can cause hearing loss. When allergies start to kick in, our bodies produce histamine, a hormone that causes the common symptoms of an allergic reaction like sneezing, itching, and congestion. These symptoms, in turn result in a buildup of mucus which is what often causes hearing loss because the ear becomes clogged. Some allergy sufferers actually experience the feeling of fullness in the ears and might even be accompanied by vertigo. Another way that hearing problems occur during an allergic reaction is when allergies cause the blood vessels and skin to swell. This will prevent the sound waves from flowing into the middle and inner ear as they normally do. This is a type of conductive hearing loss, and fortunately it is temporary and will pass after the allergic reaction passes.

What You Can Do About Hearing Loss Caused by Allergies

If you realize that your hearing has been affected during an allergy attack, there are a few things that you can do. As always, consult your physician before taking an medications for your allergies. Most traditional allergy medications including antihistamines that help relieve your other allergy symptoms will also alleviate the hearing loss. It is important to remember that, like most other allergic reactions, the hearing loss due to an allergy will be temporary. However, if your allergic reaction passes and the other symptoms have dissipated but your hearing loss still remains, then you should see your doctor or an audiologist to be evaluated.

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