Can an Allergy Affect My Hearing?

Having an allergic reaction to something such as peanuts, dust, or pollen, particularly at this time of year will mean your body's immune system can go into overdrive causing sneezing, a runny noise, increased mucus, itchy eyes or itchy skin or a even come out in a rash.  

Your ear is a part of your body that can be affected in a number of ways when you have an allergic reaction to something. If the allergic reaction causes irritation to your skin such as animal hair or dust, your outer ear skin may become irritated, very itchy and start to swell. Avoid itching your ears as this will only agrevate the problem further.

If you start to sneeze, produce excessive mucus and develop a runny nose this can affect your middle ear causing the opening of your eustachian tube to become blocked and unable to drain properly, causing fluid to build up within the middle ear which can also cause tinnitus and a sensation of fullness. 

Generally if an allergic reaction is the cause of a hearing loss, this will be temporary. If you unsure you are best to have a chat with your GP. 

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