London, May 15: Hormone replacement drugs may increase the risk of becoming deaf in older women , study says.
Oestrogens is female sex hormone, helps in hormone replacement therapy treatment reduces hot flashes and vaginal dryness and sometimes osteoporosis, condition where bones become weak.
According to studies, decrease in oestrogen levels may increase the risk for hearing loss at menopause.
“Many factors contribute to acquired hearing loss, including age, genetics, noise, medical conditions, diet and lifestyle factors. Our research focuses on identifying preventable contributors to hearing loss,” lead author Sharon Curhan at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, was quoted as saying by express.co.uk.
“Although the role of sex hormones in hearing is complex and not completely understood, these findings suggest that women who undergo natural menopause at an older age may have a higher risk,” she added.
Study was done on 80,972 women for finding independent links between menopausal status, oral hormone therapy, and risk of self-reported hearing loss.
23 per cent of the result showed the positive response in hearing loss.
Although no significant association find between menopausal status and risk of hearing loss.