Alcohol and Hearing

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Can alcohol such as binge drinking or long-term consumption cause hearing problems such as hearing loss? Does anyone have any experience with this whether permanent or temporary?

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    I've never personally heard of, or experienced hearing loss as a result of long term alcohol use.

    Although probably not helpful to you, my husband has selective hearing issues, particularly after the pub. If I were to ask him from another room if he'd like a bacon sarnie, he'd hear straight away!

    If, on the other hand, even whilst in the same room,  If I mentioned holidays, eating out or shopping, in fact anything he doesn't like, especially going to a large Swedish furniture outlet shop, he'd not be able to hear me.

    Im sorry this hasn't helped, but am sure someone more knowledgable will offer help.

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    The answer is yes. It is not common, but it can happen. I'm not familiar with binge drinking causing it and that would only be temporary, but long term consumption has shown, in studies that it can cause hearing loss.

    Normally, it doesn't damage the ears/hearing per se, but damages the auditory nerves. A sort of brain damage, where the ears are working fine, but the brain is unable to pick up the sound from them. It is possible for the ears (internals) to become damaged themselves, but this appears to be less common.

    This loss can become permanent if the person is a long term heavy drinker.

    The overarching name for the brain damage is alcoholic brain atrophy. Although this is generally reversible by abstinence or very moderate drinking, the studies tend to show that the hearing loss side of this is permanent. I would reiterate, that it is not common (hearing loss) and not something that I have encountered. it seems to be more prevalent in older people.

    There is plenty of stuff to read on Google, just search 'alcohol hearing loss'.

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    RHGB is much more technical than I am and amazed...You do not give any details about your drinking pattern and volume and how often?? Robin
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