What is Ototoxicity?

Ototoxicity is the property of being toxic to the ear, and it is commonly medication-induced. The purpose of medication is to treat medical conditions, but sometimes the side effects of the medication can outweigh the benefits. There are currently over 200 medications on the market that have ototoxic side effects, meaning that they have a toxic effect on the ear or its nerve supply. Large doses of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain antibiotics, diuretics and cancer medications may all cause hearing loss.

What Can I Do?

many medications are ototoxic, or toxic to ears

Many medications, even over the counter drugs, can be ototoxic or harmful to your hearing. Medications that are ototoxic cause hearing loss.

Hearing loss originating from ototoxic medications can sometimes be reversed once the medication has been discontinued, although some individuals experience permanent damage. Talk with your doctor about the potential side effects of any medications to limit the risk of ototoxicity.

Don’t wait to have your hearing checked, in cases of ototoxicity, early intervention is vital. If you suspect your hearing has been compromised, call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test.