Do allergies cause hearing loss and tinnitus?

Caution Sign - Allergy Season Ahead

Along with ushering in warmer weather and beautiful blossoms, the spring season, unfortunately, increases pollen production and allergy symptoms. Symptoms such as itching eyes and runny noses are typical, but your allergies can also account for your diminished sense of hearing.

Although airborne allergens exist throughout the year, we see a dramatic increase in patients who suffer from allergy-related hearing loss and tinnitus in springtime.

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 a type of hearing loss called conductive hearing loss. In fact, the Hearing Loss Association of America states that allergies are one of the main causes of conductive hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves cannot properly flow through the ear and into the tiny bones of the middle ear. Excess fluid or ear wax may interfere with sound as it travels to the cochlea. Although conductive hearing loss is curable and may improve naturally, it is difficult to determine if hearing loss is temporary, curable, or permanent without thorough testing.

Allergy-related tinnitus occurs when tinnitus only develops alongside other allergy symptoms. Some people who experience mild irritation or annoyance due to tinnitus find that the ringing or high-pitched sound worsens with allergies. Unremitting tinnitus can interfere with your ability to hear, your mood, your sleep, and your quality of life.
Seasonal allergies can make certain times of the year difficult for many people who experience symptoms. Most of the time, allergy misery, including any decrease in hearing you experience, is typically temporary. Normal hearing usually returns after your symptoms subside or your infection clears.

For more information or to schedule your appointment call Bluegrass Hearing at 1-800-470-4757.