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Popular pain-relieving medicines linked to hearing loss in women
Date:9/12/2012

5 days per week had a 21 percent increased risk.

"Possible mechanisms might be that NSAIDs may reduce blood flow to the cochleathe hearing organand impair its function," said first study author Sharon G. Curhan, MD, BWH Channing Division of Network Medicine. "Acetaminophen may deplete factors that protect the cochlea from damage."

Curhan notes that although analgesics are widely available without a prescription, they are still medicines that carry potential side effects.

"If individuals find a need to take these types of medications regularly, they should consult with their health care professional to discuss the risks and benefits and to explore other possible alternatives," said Curhan.

Over 50 percent of American adults suffer from high-frequency hearing loss by the time they reach 60 years old. One-third of women in their 50s and nearly two-thirds in their 60s have experienced hearing loss.

According to the World Health Organization, adult-onset hearing loss is the sixth most common disease burden in high-income countries.


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Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg
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Brigham and Women's Hospital
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