Study Links Painkillers with Hearing Loss

Study Links Painkillers with Hearing LossFindings in a recent study have warned against the regular use of common painkillers, including ibuprofen and paracetamol, which puts women at heightened risk of hearing loss.

Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, asserted that the more frequent women are in taking the painkiller, the higher are their chances of losing their ability to hear.

The researchers studied the information provided by 62,261 women, aged between 31 to 48 years. The study commenced in the year 1995 up to 2009. By the end of the 14 year study, it was discovered that amongst a group of 10,012 women, one in six, complained of hearing loss.

Nevertheless, women who took ibuprofen twice or thrice in a week were at 13% risk of hearing loss, those who took the medication four to five days in a week, were at 21% more risk, while those who took it daily, were at an increased risk of 24%.

In case of paracetamol, the risk was accounted to be 11%, which increased to 21%, if it was taken four to five days in a week.

Lead researcher Dr Sharon Curhan said: "'Possible mechanisms might be that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce blood flow to the cochlea - the hearing organ - and impair its function, it might deplete factors that protect the cochlea".