Wellness

Seasonal Allergies May Impact Hearing

The great outdoors are only great if you can enjoy them allergy-free. Frolicking through fields of daisies and clover is fun right up until allergies sneak in, making breathing difficult, eyes itchy and ears plugged. If you have allergies, do you experience problems with your hearing?

More than 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, reports Hearing Health Magazine, a publication by the Deafness Research Foundation. Medical professionals have discovered that at least 12 percent of individuals with seasonal allergies often suffer from temporary hearing loss. Weather conditions that produce high moisture and pollen in the air can create many allergy issues. These allergic reactions can cause extra fluid and wax to develop in the middle ear, which can swell and become inflamed, block the Eustachian tube and muffle sounds.

Typically once the allergy season ends, hearing problems are relieved. If hearing concerns continue, individuals are advised to see a doctor or ear, nose and throat specialist to evaluate their hearing and avoid the potential for permanent hearing loss. Treatment options can be as simple as over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants to decrease fluid buildup and swelling. However, a stronger prescription medication may be required to relieve the symptoms.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, have you experienced hearing loss? If so, what treatment options did you pursue to alleviate the problem? – Ken VanCleave, Ameritas Group

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