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Over-the-counter analgesics increase risk of hearing loss in men.

Men under the age of 50 who take over-the-counter painkillers containing acetaminophen, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase their risk of hearing loss, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Men in their forties who took two or more doses each week of acetaminophen doubled their risk for hearing loss. Similar aspirin doses raised risk more than 30 percent; for other NSAIDs, the risk increased 61 percent. The study appeared in the March issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

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