How Ibuprofen Can Lead to Hearing Loss

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Every time you pick up a medicine bottle for your headache, you may be doing significant harm to your hearing loss. According to recent studies, ibuprofen is capable of inducing hearing loss in those people that use it for significant periods of time. We will look at the medical causes behind this and see what other important information has been released on this subject.

Conclusive Findings

There was a massive study that looked to find a suspected link between human hearing loss and the medications ibuprofen and acetaminophen. People who took these medications, women only, were followed for fourteen years to see if there was a pattern of hearing loss. A quarter of the 60,000 participants came away with some level of hearing loss according to the report that was filed with the American Journal for Advanced Epidemiology that was recently released.


For those people that have hearing loss as a result of medication, it is important to realize that is happens as a result of two different mechanisms. The first is that the chemicals in the ibuprofen can lead to a clogging at the hearing binder reception sites within the cochlea of the ear. This causes less sound to be interpreted by the brain, and lower levels of sound. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen also cause a restriction of blood into the structures of the ear that are needed for hearing, and this can cause damage over time that does not heal and will result in permanent hearing loss. Most researchers believe that the findings will be the same for men as well as women, and that the best thing that you can do is to moderate the amount of medication that you take for aches and pains throughout your life.

More Research

Even more research is being done to look into other areas of women’s health that could be affecting their hearing loss of accelerating it through the use of medication. Some of the factors that are being examined in the latest study are the role that alcohol consumption as well as medicine plays in creating an environment that is right for hearing loss to occur.

What to Do

It is important to keep in mind that ibuprofen is not only used as a pain medicine in its own right. It is also used to help fight pain and inflammation in drugs that are used to treat cold and flu symptoms, so you need to be aware of what the label is telling you. There are other things that you can do for your hearing loss are to find new drugs to take for your pain that do not include any of the active ingredients that we have looked at in this article. If you need help to discover better pain medicine options, you should take a trip to your doctor.

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