The two most common, well-known causes of hearing loss are advancing age and exposure to loud noise. However, did you know that exposure to certain bugs can contribute to hearing loss as well? In this post, we review how household bugs can cause hearing loss and how you can protect your hearing.
Bed bugs can be found throughout the world. While they mostly cause skin problems, according to one study, they can also cause ear-related problems (otitis). The article states, “A patient presented with complaints of right ear irritation for several days’ duration. A foreign body was lavaged from the ear canal, which proved to be an engorged nymphal form of Cimex lectularius [bed bug]. The parasite had apparently obtained a blood feed from the tympanic membrane [eardrum].”
Whenever you buy used furniture, check carefully for bedbugs. When it comes to the furniture in your home, consider investing in protective covers to eliminate hiding spots and vacuum frequently. If you suspect you have bedbugs, call an exterminator immediately.
Cicadas emerge from the ground every 13 to 17 years. Though they’re not around for very long, when they are, they produce noise up to 100 dB—close to the volume of a motorcycle revving or a jackhammer in operation. At this volume, sounds can cause permanent damage to your auditory system in as little as 15 minutes.
Although most of the time cicadas are found outdoors, that doesn’t mean they can’t enter your home. If cicadas can be found near where you live, cover any cracks or crevices in your home, and if you find one inside, remove it right away.
Toxoplasma gondii can cause toxoplasmosis—a condition linked to hearing problems. You can become infected if you eat contaminated or undercooked meat or if you are exposed to pet waste and don’t practice good hygiene after.
Prevent exposure to this pest by keeping meats refrigerated and/or frozen until you’re ready to eat them, investing in a good meat thermometer to ensure food is cooked through and washing your hands after cleaning your cat’s litter box.
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