As you probably already know, over-the-counter pain-killing medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen come with their share of potential side effects, some of which may be quite serious. One recent example of this type of side effect comes from a study that uncovered an association between hearing loss and the long-term use of acetaminophen and “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs” (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. When researchers analyzed data on 55,850 women between the ages of 44 and 69, they found that, over a 22-year period, one-third of the women reported some level of hearing loss. While this finding does not prove cause and effect, it does back up previous research indicating a link between hearing loss and painkillers.

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P.S. According to the study mentioned above, regular use of acetaminophen over six years was linked to a nine percent higher risk of hearing loss compared with using the drug regularly for one year.