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How Do Allergies Affect Hearing Loss?

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With allergy season quickly approaching, the team at Hearing Associates wants to help you maintain optimal hearing while dealing with sniffles and sneezes throughout the season.

Non-Hearing Aid Wearers

Whether you have hearing loss or not, you may notice a decline in hearing capabilities during allergy season. For example, should you develop skin irritations on your face or neck, swelling of your outer ear can affect hearing.

Allergies can cause fluid or wax build up in the ear and create temporary hearing loss. However, if excess wax prevents fluids from properly draining, an infection can develop. Repeated ear infections can cause hearing loss.

Hearing Aid Wearers

Hearing aid users should be aware that airborne allergens can clog the microphone ports or wax guard in your hearing device. Fortunately, this issue is easily preventable by maintaining the cleanliness of your hearing aid.

If you experience problems, contact Hearing Associates for hearing aid repairs or tips on maintaining your hearing devices. You can also visit the hearing aid services page for additional information.


Certain allergens and some allergy medications can heighten tinnitus symptoms, so let your doctor know right away if this happens.

If you need assistance with hearing loss, hearing aid maintenance, or managing tinnitus symptoms, contact our office at 888-760-2032  or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.