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, 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.
Advanced Hearing Group is a full-service audiology clinic with locations in Mesa, South Scottsdale, and North Scottsdale. Our audiologists, Adam DiPuccio, Dr. Gary Johnson, Dr. Cassandra Schmidt, Dr. Christina Gabler, Dr. Kelly Lewis and Dr. Briana Thornton offer a full range of hearing loss services including hearing tests, hearing aids, ear wax removal, middle ear testing, inner ear testing, and aural rehabilitation. Our friendly, professional hearing doctors are conveniently located near Apache Junction, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, and Ahwatukee.
Advanced Hearing Group - Mesa
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Advanced Hearing Group - North Scottsdale
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Advanced Hearing Group - South Scottsdale
1625 N. 87th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85257 480-429-0026
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