Spring is quickly approaching, and in some states, it has already arrived. For many people Spring equals Allergy Season. Did you know that Allergies can sometimes cause Hearing Loss?
When allergens are floating all around, your body reacts by generating antibodies that release histamines – thus the need for antihistamines. That reaction creates the runny nose, watery eyes and congestion that we are all familiar with.
This excess mucus production can also cause your ears to feel full, impair hearing, and cause symptoms like vertigo. These symptoms are due to an accumulation of fluid and wax in the middle ear. This can block off the Eustachian tubes, causing temporary hearing loss.
There are three ways your ears can be affected by allergies
The outer ear can be affected by skin irritations, which can cause itching and swelling. The swelling can be so severe that it blocks up the ear canal, causing some degree of hearing loss.
In the middle ear, swelling can block the opening to your middle ear and your Eustachian tube may not be able to drain properly. This can cause fluid and pressure to build up, giving you a feeling of fullness in the affected ear and providing a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and subsequent infection. This fluid buildup may also trigger balance problems, such as vertigo, giving you a feeling of being dizzy and light headed.
The inner ear can be affected too, though typically, that only occurs for people who have Ménière’s Disease. Symptoms include pressure in the ear, hearing loss, vertigo and tinnitus.
The good news? Allergy season doesn’t last forever.
If you are suffering with temporary hearing loss due to allergies, it will come back. Antihistamines really help. And if you are worried, make an appointment to see your hearing care professional.
Not sure if your sudden hearing loss is related to allergies, or something else?
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