Losing your hearing? It might be your pain pills

I swear, sometimes it seems like the mainstream medical world is trying to make patients deaf, dumb, and blind.

First of all, they want you to take their "treatments" -- which usually involve any number of prescription pills -- without a word of complaint. You're expected to smile and nod in obedience without question or objection.

Then, it turns out that some of the pills they want you to take (statins and inhaled corticosteroids, just to name two) can increase your risk of vision-stealing diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.

And now, a new study shows that some common pain remedies they're peddling could increase your risk of losing your hearing.

If you've been relying on pills to deal with everyday aches and pains for a long time now, you'll want to pay close attention -- especially if you're a gal in her senior years.

A study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that older women using ibuprofen (a.k.a. Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) for at least six years were at highest risk to develop hearing impairment.

Guys, you're not off the hook -- because previous studies have shown similar results for men.

This is in addition to the risk of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) damaging your heart and causing problems with your gut (including the risk of gastric BLEEDING).

If it's chronic pain you're trying to tackle -- for years on end -- you have other options.

For osteoarthritis (the "wear and tear" version of the disease), the natural supplement chondroitin can not only ease joint pain, but actually slow cartilage loss. Instead of just masking the pain, chondroitin actually gets to the root of the problem!

Curcumin and resveratrol can also reduce inflammation in the tissue around your joints, which is the main cause of arthritis pain.

As well, nowadays there's good research backing up what people in some cultures have known for hundreds of years: that acupuncture is effective for many health issues, including chronic pain management.

Last year, a study showed that acupuncture treatments on their own brought serious pain relief in patients with RA. And it was even more effective when combined with the traditional Chinese herb called "Moxibustion" or "Moxa" (that's a version of the herb mugwort that can be burned on the end of acupuncture needles).

This combo treatment resulted in a drastic reduction in pain and swelling for a whopping 83 percent of patients in the study. Try getting that kind of relief from ibuprofen or acetaminophen!

Acupuncture has even outperformed OPIOIDS in previous studies.

What's more, you won't risk losing your hearing with these natural treatments. Nobody ever went deaf from regular acupuncture sessions.

In fact, acupuncture is often used as a therapy to TREAT hearing loss!

Everyday Pain Relievers May Be Linked to Hearing Loss in Some Women