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12 July, 2022 | Hearfocus

Do Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?

We all know that allergies can cause itchy eyes and a runny nose, but can they also affect your hearing? Long story short — yes.

In this article, we’ll discuss the connection between allergies and hearing loss and how you can alleviate your allergy symptoms.

How do allergies affect your hearing?

Wherever the allergic reaction occurs in your body, your immune system is producing antibodies that release histamine. This is how your body delivers an allergic response.

Histamine causes most of the symptoms you’ll experience in an allergic reaction — itching, swelling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and more.

Unfortunately, if you have allergies (such as food or seasonal) that cause you to experience itching or sneezing, they can also increase mucus production — and this can cause temporary conductive hearing loss.

What makes this a form of conductive hearing loss? Conductive hearing loss is when fluid or earwax prevents sound waves from reaching the tiny bones of the middle ear. This fluid can come from excess mucus production.

Allergies can also cause swelling that blocks the opening to the middle ear. This can hinder your Eustachian tube from draining fully. If this happens, fluid and pressure can build up — which can feel like fullness in the ear or cause general dizziness.

As the middle ear amplifies and transfers sound between the outer ear and the inner ear, a blockage can impact your hearing.

You might experience this kind of allergy-related hearing loss in spring or summer when hay fever season is in full swing.

Allergies can also interact with certain diseases to cause hearing loss. For instance, if you have Meniere’s disease, allergies can worsen hearing loss.

Outer ear issues

It’s worth noting that allergies aside from food and seasonal allergies can affect your ears. Allergies to laundry detergent, earrings, pets, or fragrances can also trigger itching and swelling in the outer ear and ear canal.

Can this hearing loss be cured?

You can cure temporary hearing loss and tinnitus symptoms triggered by allergies. However, you might find it difficult to hear for a little while.

Remember to resist poking anything inside your ear canal to alleviate any itching or blocked feeling.

If the Eustachian tube in your middle ear is blocked, there is a chance you could also develop an ear infection. If this happens, you can try home treatments or see a GP if symptoms persist.

Treating allergy-related hearing loss

Try washing your ear carefully with a warm, slightly wet flannel and drying it thoroughly. Your hearing may return to normal on its own.

If your hearing loss persists, contact your doctor for an appointment. It might be caused by something else. Your doctor will be able to take a look at your ears and assess the cause.

If they think you could have permanent hearing loss, they may ask you to come back for a comprehensive hearing test.

Book a Home Hearing Test with Hearfocus

If you are struggling with persistent hearing loss and think you might need hearing aids, contact us at Hearfocus. We are independent hearing aid providers based in the UK and our specialists can visit you in your home.

We can perform a comprehensive home visit hearing test and diagnose your specific type of hearing loss. We’ll then be able to find the best hearing aids for you.

Wherever you’re based, we can travel to you. You’ll be pleased to know that we have specialists all around the UK (covering 85% of the mainland).

We also offer free aftercare services, hearing support, and finance options.

Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team today.

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