Allergies & Hearing Loss
If you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies then you are probably familiar with the burdensome, usual symptoms that tend to include sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure or itchy eyes. However, what you may not realize is that your sinus and throat are also connected to your ears. Some people with allergies also experience hearing loss. Although this is a less common side effect of allergies, it is important to understand how to recognize if your allergies are causing some temporary hearing loss and what you can do to safely treat it without causing any permanent damage to your ears or hearing.
How Do Allergies Cause Difficulty Hearing?
Allergies usually trigger your immune system to release histamine. The histamine reaction is what causes the typical allergy-like symptoms: sneezing, itching, watery eyes, increase in mucus, congestion, etc. The buildup of mucus and increased congestion along with the swelling of the sinuses can interfere with the sound waves that flow through to the tiny bones of your middle ear to help you hear. Fortunately, this hearing loss is usually temporary and will go away when the allergies do. However, you still want to know what to do about it in the moment when all of these allergy symptoms seem to be attacking you all at once.
How Can Hearing Loss from Allergies Be Treated?
The good news is that not only is allergy related hearing loss generally a temporary condition, it can also be treated. Over-the-counter antihistamines usually work to relieve the allergies and the accompanying hearing loss along with the other symptoms that the histamine reaction produces. However, even over-the-counter allergy medications can have side-effects so you should consult with your doctor or allergist before purchasing something new or changing your existing allergy medication. If your symptoms persist and your hearing does not return to normal once the allergic reaction has dissipated, call us right away to schedule an appointment to determine what is going on with your hearing.
Here at Audionics we are committed to building a strong patient to provider relationship so that the focus is on restoring your world of hearing. If you would like to speak with one of our experienced hearing care professionals, contact us today and schedule an appointment at our Manhattan hearing clinic location in the historic DuMont Building right on 53rd Street & Madison Avenue.