Regularly popping over-the-counter pain relievers for minor aches and pains can come with an unexpected consequence: hearing loss that appears to be permanent. For instance, Harvard University researchers found that women who took ibuprofen four to five days a week had a 21 percent greater risk for hearing loss over a 14-year period than women who took it less than once a week. The researchers suspect the meds restrict blood flow to the cochlea, the ear’s snail-shaped hearing center. The next time you’re inclined to pop an OTC pill, try these natural and effective pain remedies first.
New research shows OTC painkillers can have some serious side effects. Try these natural pain solutions first.