When you think about allergies, you think of watery eyes, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, congestion, and a post nasal drip. You probably do not think about allergies causing hearing loss. Unfortunately, allergies can cause you to have hearing loss, and some people will have more hearing loss than others.
The Cause of Allergies
Allergies will occur when the immune system encounters an allergen and has a reaction to those allergens. When the immune system senses allergens, it will send out a chemical known as histamines. This allergen reaction will cause allergy symptoms. Your nasal passages and eyes are not the only part of your body affected by allergies.
Ear Allergy Symptoms
Your ears are very vulnerable to allergies, and you can deal with a wide variety of allergy symptoms, including hearing loss. You may also feel fullness or pressure in your ear, tinnitus, ear infections, and dizziness.
In addition to hearing loss and other symptoms, some people will develop skin allergies to allergens. These allergens will develop on the outer ear. The inflammation in the outer ear may cause you to experience temporary hearing loss. As soon as you get hearing care for the outer ear allergy, the hearing loss will go away. It is important to note that continued exposure to the allergens can cause a recurrence of the condition.
Middle ear allergies will cause fluid to build up in your Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube equalizes the pressure in your ears. When allergies affect this area, you could find yourself dealing with an ear infection. If you do not get the proper hearing care for your ear infection, you could end up having permanent hearing loss. If you have permanent hearing loss, you may need a hearing aid to help combat the hearing loss.
The inner ear can also be affected by allergies. Meniere’s disease, which is a disease of the inner ear that causes tinnitus and hearing loss, can be affected by allergies and further exacerbate any hearing loss you may have. If you have Meniere’s disease, it is important to seek out hearing care as soon as possible if you think allergens are causing you symptoms. Early treatment for the allergens will help to prevent further hearing loss.
Allergies and Hearing Aids
If you are wearing hearing aids for hearing loss, you will need to take special care during allergy season. Your allergies can affect your hearing aid. This is due to the allergens getting down into the hearing aid itself. The hearing aid can also help to trap fluid in your ear, which could cause your hearing aid not to work correctly and for you to suffer from further hearing loss. Instead of dealing with hearing loss, clean your hearing aid regularly for allergens to ensure that your hearing is normal and that no hearing loss occurs.
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To protect yourself from allergies, you will want to find out what your allergies are. Your doctor can help to determine your allergies and help you treat them before you experience any kind of hearing loss. If you have a hearing aid and want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to minimize hearing loss and to ensure that your hearing aid is functional, please call us at Atkins Hearing Center. All of our hearing care professionals are here to ensure that you can hear well and that your hearing aid is not affected by your allergies and that your hearing loss is not an issue. Our hearing care specialists will sit down with you and show you how to clean your hearing aid so that you do not have to worry about your hearing aid not working right or having hearing loss.