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Longer use of OTC pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women, says study

Longer use of OTC pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women, says study

Women who are quick to pop a pill at the slightest hint of pain need to be careful when they think of their pack of painkillers the next time. According to a study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in December 2016, frequent use of painkillers including aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and acetaminophen may lead to hearing loss in women. A common and disabling chronic condition, hearing loss affects over 50 percent adults in the United States who develop high-frequency hearing loss by the age of 60 years, suggests the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Although hearing loss is more prevalent in men, around one-third of women in their 50s and almost two-thirds of women in their 60s have reported hearing loss. Continue reading