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31 Jul 2007

Ototoxic medication
We recently found out that our 5 year old daughter is completely deaf in her one ear. The audiologist mentioned that we must steer clear of ototoxic medication. Can you please explain why some medications are damaging to hearing? Does this only apply to antibiotics?
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01 Jan 0001

Ototoxicity is drug or chemical damage to the inner ear especially teh vestibulocochlear nerve, the nerve that sends hearing and balance information to the brain. Because of this, ototoxic drugs may cause lack of hearing, and loss of sense of balance.

Many other meds may be ototoxic. These include Commonly used medicines that may cause hearing loss include:
Aspirin in large doses, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen, some diuretics, malaria propylacitic tabs and oncology drugs.
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