Hearing Problems In Pregnancy - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Hearing Problems In Pregnancy

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Do you often experience a ringing sensation in your ears, and are you wondering it may be due to your pregnancy? Does the condition concern you and are you unable to hear normally? If you nodded along worriedly, you might be suffering from a hearing problem during pregnancy.

Read our post to learn about different types of hearing problems, causes of hearing disorders, symptoms, and treatments for hearing problems during pregnancy.

What Are Hearing Problems During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is the one of the most special phases of a woman’s life. It is synonymous with changes, physical, emotional, and others. The changes can lead to lovely events, or nasty complications. Hearing problems are one of these irksome complications during pregnancy. Here, we list some hearing problems that you may suffer while expecting.

  • Tinnitus
  • Reduction in hearing
  • Pressure in ear
  • Otalgia
  • Secretion in ear
  • Otosclerosis
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) (1)

Causes Of Hearing Problems In Pregnancy:

There are many reasons for hearing problems during pregnancy. Hormonal dysfunction is one of the key causes of hearing problems during pregnancy. Otosclerosis occurs due to hormonal modulation during pregnancy, and it often surfaces during pregnancy. Also, changes occur in the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and hematological system during pregnancy. The changes affect the circulation of cochlear fluid resulting in hearing problems, such as sensorineural hearing loss, otalgia, and other hearing impairments, during pregnancy (2).

Symptoms Of Hearing Problems In Pregnancy:

Even though hearing impairment is a common symptom of hearing problems during pregnancy, there are some more symptoms that you may suffer. Common symptoms include:

  • Reduction in hearing sensation or hearing loss
  • Ringing in ears
  • Secretion from ear
  • Pain in ears
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gait unbalance
  • Ear fullness
  • Tendency to fall
  • Toxemia (3)

If you suffer from any of the above hearing problems during pregnancy symptoms, it’s time to visit your doctor as soon as possible to start the right line of treatment.

Treating Hearing Problems During Pregnancy:

Your doctor will recommend you treatment depending on the type and severity of hearing problem you suffer during pregnancy. Your doctor may refrain from giving medications since they may harm your unborn baby. However, considering your health condition the doctor may prescribe low doses of appropriate medication.

Here are some effective and safe treatments to treat hearing problems during pregnancy.

1. Take Rest:

Depending on your type of hearing problem, the doctor may suggest taking care and rest. You need to have bed rest with your head immobilized between the pillows (4).

2. Drink Fluids:

Drinking healthy fluids can prevent dehydration resulting due to nausea and vomiting. So, drink plenty of fluids (5).

3. Use Hearing Aid:

After examining your hearing problem, your doctor may recommend using an appropriate hearing aid. Hearing aids help improve your hearing ability. The device magnifies sound vibrations entering your ear. Hair cells, small sensory cells in your inner ear, detect large vibrations and convert them into neural signals and send them to your brain. So, you can hear in a better way (6).

4. Take Care And Avoid Stress:

Avoid stress. If your stress levels are increasing due to tinnitus, then using tinnitus masker is the safest option. Take good care of yourself. Also, avoid smoking, drinking, coffee, foods containing MSG, loud exposure to noises, and soda drinks (7).

5. Fluoride Tablets:

Medical studies reveal that fluoride tablets tend to slow down the progression of otosclerosis considerably. Also, fluoride tablets aid in preserving your hearing ability and minimizing the symptoms such as dizziness and balance problems. Your doctor may recommend the effective tablets considering your condition, but make sure you have the prescribed dose of the medication to treat the hearing problem (8).

Did you suffer from any pregnancy hearing loss or hearing problem? How did you treat it? Share your experiences with fellow moms-to-be. Leave a comment below.

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