Study shows: Painkillers increase the risk of hearing loss
If women take certain pain medications for a long period of time, they increase their risk of hearing loss. This is shown by a new study from the USA. However, there are even more health risks from pain relievers.
Pain reliever with dangerous side effects
For years, warnings have been given against taking pain medication without medical advice. Medications such as acetaminophen are more dangerous than expected. It has been known for a long time that the agent can increase the risk of stomach ulcers, heart attack and stroke if the doses are too high. There is therefore constant debate about whether such medicines should only be available on prescription.
Regular use of certain medicines increases the risk of hearing loss
Scientists from the USA are now reporting on another danger from pain pills. According to a study by a research team led by Dr. Gary Curhan of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, may take hearing loss regularly by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The scientists evaluated data from around 55,850 American women for their investigation. The results were published in the American Journal of Epidemology.
Look for alternatives together with the doctor
According to the information, the patients took a pain reliever at least twice a week for one or six years. The researchers were able to connect around five percent of the hearing loss to paracetamol and ibuprofen.
The longer the dose, the higher the risk. However, the doctors found no such connection for acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) in normal doses.
In previous studies, there had been evidence that painkillers can cause hearing loss if used continuously, even in men.
So Dr. said Curhan said in a statement from the clinic back in 2012: "People who think they have to take such medication regularly should get advice from health experts and discuss the dangers and benefits with them and look for possible alternatives together."
Why prolonged use increases the risk of hearing loss is not fully understood.
Recognize risk factors and counteract the danger
Hearing loss or poor hearing usually has an enormous impact on the quality of life. According to the scientists, it is therefore particularly important to identify possible risk factors, such as taking painkillers, in order to counteract the danger before it arises. (ad)