Painkillers = Ear Killers?

3 May 2010

A study in the March 2010 issue of The American Journal of Medicine reported that there was a correlation between men’s use of certain painkillers and deafness later in life.  “Analgesic Use and the Risk of Hearing Loss in Men” described how men who used NSAIDs and acetominophen were more likely to lose their hearing after longterm use.  The numbers were not excessively alarming, except for the sustained use of these painkillers among young men, in which the magnitude of the association between OTC analgesic use and deafness was “substantially higher.”  Occasional use of these common drugs did not show any significant correlation.  Read the article here.


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