I can't hear you -- I'm on painkillers

Ladies, he's not giving you the silent treatment. You just can't hear him -- and the problem isn't old age, loud music, or a bad marriage.

It could be your meds. Specifically, your painkillers.

I've told you before how these drugs have been associated with hearing loss in men. Now, new research confirms painkillers are equal opportunity ear-wreckers.

Women who mixed and matched their painkillers -- taking, at various times, acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen -- had a 34 percent higher risk of hearing loss, according to a new look at data on more than 10,000 middle-aged women taking part in the Nurses' Health Study II.

The worst of the lot was ibuprofen, aka Advil and Motrin. Younger women who took it every day had a 48 percent higher risk of hearing damage, and when the numbers for women of all ages were measured, those who took it daily faced a 24 percent boost in risk overall.

Don't take it every day? Don't think you're out of the woods -- because even a twice-a-week habit increased the risk by 17 percent.

If acetaminophen -- aka Tylenol -- is your thing, you should know the women's risk became 21 percent higher if they took it four or five times a week, and 9 percent higher if they used it just twice a week.

But like I said earlier, it's not just women. This stuff is even harder on men's ears -- which, as any married woman will tell you, aren't all that great to begin with... especially when they're being told to take out the trash.

Acetaminophen twice a week doubled the risk of hearing loss in men under 50, in one study, while regular use of ibuprofen and other NSAIDs was shown to increase that risk by two-thirds. Aspirin was downright safe by comparison. Men who took it faced "only" a one-third increase in risk.

But really, no one should be taking these pills regularly anyway. If your pain is minor, stop being such a wimp. And if it's bigger, find a better approach to beating it.

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