Allergies can make your eyes and nose itch, but are they making your ears itch too? Learn what your ears may be burning to tell you before you scratch that itch.
Spring brings high levels of pollen from trees, flowers, grass and more. If you have allergies, your body may overreact to pollen and other irritants and you may experience classic symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, and sore throat. These symptoms can irritate the eustachian tube that connects your ears and nose to the back of your throat, causing your ears to feel full or clogged. 1 And if left for too long, this can eventually lead to hearing loss.
Allergy symptoms followed by hearing loss can also be an indicator of Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED). 2 With AIED, your body’s immune system attacks your inner ear, affecting both hearing and balance. Symptoms include rapid hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, and an overactive immune system.
So, how do you know if it’s more than just hay fever?
Look for these symptoms of allergy related hearing loss:
- Outer ear - chronic itching or frequent infections of the ear canal
- Middle ear - repeated ear infections and long-lasting fluid behind the eardrum
- Inner ear - dizziness, ear fullness/pressure, tinnitus ("ringing in the ears") and sensorineural hearing loss
Think you may have hearing loss? Take our online hearing quiz to see if it may be more than just itchy ears.