Hormone replacement therapy, older age at menopause tied to hearing loss
Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says.
One factor is your age at menopause. An older age is tied to a higher risk of hearing troubles. And, a second factor is the use of oral hormone therapy to ease some of the symptoms of menopause. The researchers also found that the longer a woman used hormone therapy, the greater the odds of hearing issues.
Hearing loss was already known to be more common in women after menopause, a time when natural hormone levels drop. Because of this, doctors had suspected that the use of oral hormone therapy might offer some protection against menopause-linked hearing loss, the researchers said.
“The finding from this observational study that women who underwent menopause at a later age and used oral hormone therapy had greater hearing loss was unexpected but should lead to more testing in a randomized, clinical trial,” JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), said in news release from the group.
The current study can only show an association between hearing loss and hormone therapy or older age at menopause. It wasn’t designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
The study was published in Menopause, a journal published by NAMS.