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ALCOHOL – HOW DRINKING CAN AFFECT YOUR EARS

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ALCOHOL – HOW DRINKING CAN AFFECT YOUR EARS

A glass of wine can be a benefit to a delicious meal. The alcohol aids in the digestive system and surprisingly lowers the risk of heart disease. Now of course, over-consumption of alcohol, can result in various diseases, such as diabetes, liver problems, etc.  But did you know that alcohol can affect your hearing?

Recent studies from medical institutions in Ulm, Germany, reveals that excessive drinking can damage the human brain, which will result in hearing loss. One of the tissues that alcohol will affect is the auditory nerve. This part is responsible for audio information transferring from the cochlea to the brain. Drinking can cause the auditory nerve to shrink, which limits the production of sounds. 

Alcohol in the bloodstream can cause a toxic environment in the hair cells within the ear. These hairs are responsible for sending audio electronic pulses to the brain. When these hair cells are unable to regenerate, due to alcohol, the damage can be permanent.  

Drinking can also harm the vestibular system, which in turns causes problems in physical balances. Sometimes, when you get water in your ear and if it stays there for a while, you’ll feel slightly dizzy. Because the inner ear monitors balance, alcohol can cause the same thing but with severe consequences.

Tinnitus is the annoying ringing sound you’ll hear from time to time. With excessive alcoholic consumption, it can lead to permanent tinnitus.

“Cocktail Party Deafness” is a term health professionals use to describe hear loss from loud party environments, such as bars and nightclubs. When there’s a combination of loud music, shouting, alcohol, and the inhaling of cigarettes on a continual basis, your ears will eventually pay the price.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO QUIT DRINKING?

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Well, one things for certain, the longer you drink and place yourself in loud party environments, the shorter your hearing endurance will last.

To quit drinking, see the following groups and organizations for assistance:

Family Physician: On your annual visits, be very honest with your doctor and tell him/her about your drinking addiction, destructive part habits, and how it’s affecting you both physically and mentally.

A Clergy: Your pastor and church family are a great source for guidance. Also, a personal counselor for drinking addictions, is another alternative. 

Alcoholics Anonymous: This worldwide fellowship of men and women are committed to helping each other stay sober.   

 

 

   


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