Boston (Web Desk): A recent study has warned that taking pain-killers frequently such as ibuprofen for more than 6 years may affect hearing in women.
Curhan said, "Finding modifiable risk factors could help us identify ways to lower risk before hearing loss begins and slow progression in those with hearing loss ." Researchers analyzed the data from over 54,000 women between the ages of 48 and 73.
Longer duration of ibuprofen or acetaminophen use was associated with higher risk of hearing loss . The team did not find a significant association between hearing loss and duration of usual-dose aspirin use.
He added more, "Although the magnitude of higher risk of hearing loss with analgesic use was modest, given how commonly these medications are used, even a small increase in risk could have important health implications."
The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.