Spring allergies can impact hearing loss

hearing lossSpring allergies cause millions of Americans to experience issues with sneezing, itching, watery eyes and sinus pressure. Those same allergies can impact those with hearing loss.

The increased mucus that the immune systems of the more than 60 million Americans who experience springtime allergies can cause swelling of the Eustachian tubes that link the nasopharynx to the middle ear, causing them to become clogged with the excess fluid and wax.

The result is a feeling of fullness and pressure in the ears that can negatively affect hearing.

Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants might also help relieve the problem of excess fluid if it is caused by allergies. Some other remedies that can reduce fluid build-up include exercising, eating a low sodium diet, or eating fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics; grapes, watermelon, celery, bell peppers and asparagus all offer health benefits that include reducing fluid retention.

Since continuous pressure in the middle ear could result in permanent hearing loss, if you are experiencing any changes in hearing be sure to see a hearing healthcare professional.

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According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss is the third most common health condition among adults. Experts at Hearing Healthcare of Virginia can help you stay connected and thrive in daily life. Understand where your strengths and areas of weakness lie so you can take steps toward improvement. Learn what to expect on your first visit with our experienced and reliable experts.

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