HearingMattersby Gregory Houle, M.CI.Sc.,Reg. CASLPOAudiologistPAINKILLERSLINKED TO HEARINGLOSS IN WOMENCHRegular readers of this column know that one of the bestways to avoid hearing loss is to reduce exposure to loudnoise. Now, new research suggests that prolonged use ofcertain painkillers is also linked to hearing loss in women.While the magnitude of the hearing loss uncovered byresearchers may be modest, the use of painkillers issufficiently widespread to warrant a warning. An analysisof data involving 55,850 women found the risk of hearingloss to be modestly higher among women who useacetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal inflammatorydrugs (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxensodium) for six years or more than their counterparts whoused these painkillers for a year or less.PS. A link between painkiller use and hearing loss in menhad been reported previously to the study mentioned above.274 KING GEORGE RD.519-759-8250www.branthearingaidclinic.ca

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Hearing Matters by Gregory Houle, M.CI.Sc., Reg. CASLPO Audiologist PAINKILLERS LINKED TO HEARING LOSS IN WOMEN CH Regular readers of this column know that one of the best ways to avoid hearing loss is to reduce exposure to loud noise. Now, new research suggests that prolonged use of certain painkillers is also linked to hearing loss in women. While the magnitude of the hearing loss uncovered by researchers may be modest, the use of painkillers is sufficiently widespread to warrant a warning. An analysis of data involving 55,850 women found the risk of hearing loss to be modestly higher among women who use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium) for six years or more than their counterparts who used these painkillers for a year or less. PS. A link between painkiller use and hearing loss in men had been reported previously to the study mentioned above. 274 KING GEORGE RD.519-759-8250 www.branthearingaidclinic.ca

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