Everyday Painkillers Linked to Hearing Loss

Everyday Painkillers Linked to Hearing Loss

Researchers have linked everyday painkiller medications with the moderate to profound hearing loss.

U. S. researchers have discovered that regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs boosts the risk of hearing loss in men.

Hearing loss is revealed to be most commonly in the elderly; however, about 12 million people between the ages of 40 and 49 also face hearing problems.

Study participants were taken from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, which found more than 26,000 men every two years for 18 years. A questionnaire determined analgesic use, hearing loss and a variety of physiological, medical and demographic factors.

Dr. Eric Wilkinson with the House Ear Clinic quoted, "These medications can have a direct damage to the hair cells of the inner ear chemically, but they also cause a DNA damage over time through the use of free radical formation”.

The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, discovered that regular users of aspirin under age 50 and those ages 50-59 were 33 percent are highly susceptible to face hearing loss than were non-regular users, however, no association was revealed for men age 60 and older.

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