Can allergies cause hearing problems?By Frankie Goodman 20th July 2020 Always Hear
Can allergies cause hearing problems?
At this time of year, many people are suffering from allergies such as hayfever. Many people have itchy eyes and a runny nose which is typical for allergy season. However can allergies cause hearing problems? Many hearing health professionals say that yes it could. Symptoms can include itching, swelling, vertigo and fullness in the ear
Your immune system responds to allergens by producing antibodies that release histamine. The release of histamine produces an allergic response. The resulting sneezing, itching and congestion also increases mucus production, which can cause conductive hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss occurs when something, such as fluid or earwax, prevents sound waves from flowing through the ear and into the tiny bones of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss is curable, but it makes it temporarily difficult to hear.
3 types of allergy related hearing loss
Your ear has three major sections, all of which can be affected by allergies.
Outer ear: Allergic skin reactions can cause itching and swelling of both the outer ear and ear canal. Some people may be allergic to their washing powder, perfume or even earrings. Others may have allergies to household pets, in particular dogs and cats.
Middle ear: If swelling blocks the opening to your middle ear, your Eustachian tube may not be able to drain properly. This can cause fluid and pressure to build up, giving you a feeling of fullness in the affected ear and providing a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and subsequent infection. This fluid buildup may also trigger balance problems, such as vertigo, giving you a feeling of being dizzy and light headed.
Inner ear: Allergies may also contribute to hearing loss for people who have Meniere’s disease.
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