Alcohol and hearing loss


#1

It seems that caffeine and alcohol dulls my hearing a bit, but if I drink more than two drinks I hear people better.

Does anyone have experience with this?

I’m also wondering if alcohol damages the nerve for hearing?

Any thoughts?


#2

I suspect that after two drinks that you think you hear people better. A quick Google search suggests some connection between alcohol consumption and hearing loss. It’s possible the connection is that people drinking alcohol are often in loud places.


#3

Yes, usually in loud places and that’s when I hear better. I think people in loud places project their voices better and maybe that’s why I hear them.
I have a friend who can’t even have a conversation with her husband who wears aids, he doesn’t hear her. She said he has no problem in bars hearing people. I told her people in bars project louder than normal.


#4

I meantI hear better in loud places when drinking. I don’t hear well in loud places when I don’t drink.


#5

Again, my suspicion is that it’s more your perception than an improvement in hearing. After you’ve had a couple of drinks, you may not care if you understand every word. You may just be enjoying being around people. I could obviously be wrong.


#6

It happens at home when we have people over too. Perception maybe, I don’t know. Thanks


#7

Maybe the Alcohol is melting wax…:slightly_smiling_face:


#8

That’s funny, guess I’ll have to drink more.


#9

I think the research is still inconclusive as to whether drinking alcohol in a moderate amount leads to hearing loss … that could be good news?

I just gave up ALL alcohol two weeks ago for overall health reasons. I sure sleep way better, altho my hearing is not going to get miraculously better any time soon, LOL.


#10

Good for you. I’m trying to cut down alcohol, hard thou. Please let me know if your hearing improves–I’m wondering if alcohol makes an effect.


#11

LOL!!! I wish it would improve. I’d have given up the drink at 16 if that was the case.

But seriously, I have sensoneural hearing loss (due to a pair of BALD cochleas), and have been told that nothing will improve my kind of loss … unless someone makes custom toupees for the cochlea?