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Can Pain Relievers Increase Hearing Loss Risk?

Headache? Back pain? At the first sign of pain, you might reach for a pain-relieving medicine to sooth your bodily woes. Analgesics are the most frequently employed medications in the United States and are commonly used to treat a variety of medical conditions. But although popping a pill may make the pain go away, it may also do some damage to your ears.

According to a recent study, women who took ibuprofen or acetaminophen two or more days per week had an increased risk of hearing loss. The more often a woman took either of these medications, the higher her risk for hearing loss. Also, the link between these medicines and hearing loss tend to be greater in women younger than 50 years old, especially for those who took ibuprofen six or seven days per week. Set up your hearing test today at Little Rock Audiology.