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3 Hearing Loss Prevention Myths, Debunked

By Taylor Weeks
Medically Reviewed by Jordan Glicksman, MD, FRCSC, MPH on January 13, 2021
Some hearing loss prevention measures have been proven effective, but the following are more fiction than fact.

You may wonder how you can prevent hearing loss, or if it's something you already experience, how you can prevent it from getting worse. Here, we debunk three common myths about hearing loss prevention.

Myth: Hearing aids can prevent further hearing loss.

Hearing aids are designed to compensate for hearing loss by “amplifying different sounds differently according to the severity of hearing loss,” Ayasakanta Rout, PhD, professor of audiology at James Madison University tells WebMD Connect to Care. According to Rout, they don't cure hearing loss, and can't prevent hearing loss from getting worse over time. 

Myth: Diuretics can prevent hearing loss associated with Meniere's disease.

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can cause dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and hearing loss. While this disorder can't be cured, there are treatments that can help manage its symptoms.

Diuretics — also called “water pills” — are medications commonly used to treat some of the symptoms of Meniere's disease. But while diuretics can be very effective at preventing dizziness and imbalance resulting from Meniere's disease, according to a 2016 review published in the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, there is little to no evidence that they can prevent hearing loss associated with the disorder.

Myth: Aspirin can help prevent hearing loss.

Aspirin is most commonly taken as a painkiller, or to prevent a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots. Some believe aspirin can also prevent hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds, but Rout explains that there is no evidence to support this idea. According to Rout, the opposite may be true — studies suggest that people taking a moderate dose of aspirin at the time they're exposed to a loud sound will experience greater hearing damage than those not taking aspirin.

Fact: Hearing Loss Can Be Treated and Managed.

In many cases, hearing loss is a treatable condition. It is worth taking the time out to get the answers and treatment you or your loved one deserves. Don’t wait. Start today.