There have many studies have shown that there in fact is a link between allergies and hearing loss. As allergy season approaches, weather and other environmental factors may trigger allergy symptoms. Some allergy sufferers will experience runny noses and itchy eyes, but others may feel some pressure in the ears, ringing in the ears, or even balance problems.
Often times, when the immune system reacts to an allergen, it produces antibodies that release histamine, an organic nitrogenous compound that is involved in the inflammatory response. This is what is responsible for the sneezing, itchy nose, and congestion. The histamine then causes the body to produce more mucus, which can create problems in your ears. As a result, the Eustachian tube, which is the small canal that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and upper throat, can become clogged and cause hearing loss problems.
If you are already a hearing aid user, increased allergens can also clog the microphone ports in your hearing devices. Although repairing the hearing device is usually an easy fix, you should always make sure to maintain the cleanliness of your hearing aid. You can always contact your local hearing care professional for hearing aid repairs or tips on maintaining your hearing devices. Also, if you wear hearing devices you may notice a decline in your hearing when suffering from allergies, and your hearing will fluctuate as your response to the allergen changes.
For people experiencing hearing loss or “ringing in the ears” during allergy season, it is likely that the symptoms will subside as allergy triggers dissipate. However, it is usually best to visit a hearing care professional for a proper hearing evaluation.
At Krista Szalc, Audiology PLLC, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations. Schedule an appointment near you! Visit one of our hearing centers today; we can discuss the impact of allergies on both your hearing and your hearing aid.