Allergies or Sudden Hearing Loss?

Sudden hearing loss can be scary for anyone, but the most important thing to understand is that this is not necessarily a sign of something far more serious lurking inside your body.

The immune system of people who respond poorly to allergens immediately begins to produce a specific type of antibody that itself contributes to the release of histamine. Not only is that what produces an allergic response, but it can also increase mucus production which is a direct contributor to conductive hearing loss for many people.

Allergies and Your Hearing: Breaking Things Down

Conductive hearing loss is something that happens when your body produces too much earwax or other fluids that prevent sound from properly entering your ear in the first place. It can make it very difficult for someone to hear, but the good news is that it’s absolutely curable.

Another type of allergy-related hearing loss involves skin reactions that can cause itching and swelling in the ear canal. Oftentimes, people will have a similar response if they come into contact with a specific type of laundry detergent that they’re overly sensitive to.

Along the same lines, swelling has the potential to block your ear’s Eustachian tube – meaning it won’t be able to drain properly. This can cause an excess amount of fluid to build up in the area, which can lead to hearing loss and even an infection in certain extreme situations.

So while hearing loss is always a serious problem, it isn’t necessarily permanent – particularly if you’re already prone to allergic reactions.

Contact Us Today

If you have any additional questions about whether you’re experiencing allergies or sudden hearing loss, or if you’d just like to discuss the specifics of your own situation with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today and schedule your next appointment at one of our many convenient locations.