Prolonged Painkiller Use Linked to Hearing Loss
Acetaminophen and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen are a great go-to for aches. However, they’re now thought to affect the inner ear. A 55,850-subject observational study from the United States found that people who’d taken painkillers frequently—twice per week for six years or more, compared to less than one year of use—had a nine to 10 per cent greater chance of noticeable hearing loss. If you rely heavily upon these medications, ask your doctor if there are other options to manage your discomfort.