Can allergies affect my hearing?

Yes, allergies can potentially affect your hearing, especially if they lead to conditions such as otitis media (middle ear infection) or Eustachian tube dysfunction. Allergic reactions can cause inflammation and increased mucus production in the nasal passages and Eustachian tubes, leading to blockages that may impact the equalization of air pressure in the middle ear. This, in turn, can result in symptoms like ear fullness, hearing loss, or a feeling of pressure in the ears. Additionally, allergies may exacerbate existing conditions like tinnitus or contribute to earwax buildup, both of which can affect hearing. If you experience changes in hearing or related symptoms during allergy seasons, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an ENT specialist, for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management.

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