Allergies & Hearing Loss
If you suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies, then you are familiar with the common symptoms an allergic reaction can trigger like congestion, sinus pressure, itchy eyes, runny nose, etc. However, you may not realize that allergies can also cause problems for your ears and hearing. The congestion and swelling that you experience during an allergic reaction can also lead to a feeling of fullness in the ears which can also cause vertigo. We have the answers for you to help alleviate any hearing problems caused by seasonal or environmental allergies.
Are Allergies Affecting Your Hearing?
When someone is allergic to something like dust, pollen, dander, etc.and they are exposed to the allergen, their immune system releases histamine in an effort to combat them. The histamine reaction is what starts the sneezing, itching, and build up of mucus that can lead to congestion and swelling. The allergic reaction is actually a response to try to eliminate the allergen. Mucus, congestion, and swelling all can interfere with your hearing since the nose, sinuses, and ears are all connected. Luckily, the entire reaction including any hearing loss is temporary and will usually dissipate when an antihistamine is taken. Of course, you should consult your physician or allergist before taking an antihistamine for your allergies to ensure that you are administering the best relief without any side effects. Even over-the-counter allergy medications can have unwanted side effects or interactions with medications you are already taking. If your ear discomfort or hearing loss persists after your allergic reaction has gone away, don’t hesitate to contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our hearing care professionals.
Hearing, Balance & Speech is Here to Help You through All Aspects of Hearing Loss
If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing loss prevention, please contact us at Hearing, Balance & Speech to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our Audiologists today. We are here for you, to help with all aspects of your hearing health.