Hearing loss a possible side effect of BP medication.

Q: I started taking BP medication about 3 years ago. About 2 years ago I started to notice I was not hearing well and it has kept progressing at an alarming rate. I am now wearing hearing aids.  A scan of my head shows no abnormalities. Could the BP medication be affecting my hearing?

A: Drugs have side effects.  It is certainly possible your blood pressure medicine is affecting your hearing.  Talk to your pharmacist or doctor to find out if hearing loss has been reported as a side effect of the medicine you are taking. Ask about all the medicine you are taking, not just your blood pressure medicine.  Many men don’t realize erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra can cause hearing loss.

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