pain pills damage hearing

  1. Acetaminophen and hearing loss is an important public health issue.
  2. Acetaminophen and hearing loss has not been examined previously.

Users of acetaminophen aged under 50 were 61% more likely to develop hearing loss; those 50-59 were 32% more likely, and those aged 60 and older were 16% more likely. For aspirin, regular users under 50 were 33% more likely to have hearing loss.

Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the US, afflicting over 36 million people. One third aged 40-49 years already suffer from hearing loss. The study tracked over 26,000 men every 2 years for 18 years.