Hearing Loss and NPC
Though there are many symptoms associated with NPC, one of the most common symptoms has to do with the ear. We don’t always think of problems with our hearing being associated with what’s going on in our throats, but since the ears, nose and throat are all connected, a growth or disturbance in one region will often have effects in the others.
This is why hearing loss is a significant symptom of nasopharyngeal cancer. With a NPC growth at the back of the throat, the Eustachian tube, which links the nasopharynx to the middle ear, can become blocked – without this connection, fluid can build up in the middle ear. This, in turn, can cause hearing loss.
The buildup of fluid in the middle ear can also cause irritation, which can lead to tinnitus, or ringing in the ear. Often this affects one ear more than the other.
Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different factors and is not necessarily the result of NPC. However, it’s always a good idea to get symptoms checked by a doctor if you’re unsure of the cause.
For more information on the symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer please visit: https://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/nasal-paranasal/signs-and-symptoms