Most people don’t worry too much when they take over-the-counter medications like painkillers, and quite a few people feel that prescription medication is safe as it goes through vigorous testing.
What Is An Ototoxic Medication
An ototoxic medication is one that can impact your ears. This impact can be felt in a variety of ways such as with hearing loss, balance problems, tinnitus, hyperacusis, and other ear-related issues.
While the medication itself may be helping you in some ways, ototoxic medications can potentially damage the inner ear hair cells, which damage can trigger things like hearing loss and tinnitus.
Ototoxic Medications List
Obviously, not all medications are ototoxic, or there would be many more people with hearing problems. Also, not all ototoxic medications have a permanent effect on you and your ears. To help you identify types of ototoxic medications and your risk factors, we have broken them down into categories below.
Ototoxic Medications With Temporary Effects
Ototoxic Medications With Permanent Effects
For a more comprehensive list of ototoxic medications, you can see the American Tinnitus Association’s list. With this list, you can check to see if your medication is on the list of ototoxic medication.
What You Can Do If You Think Your Medication Is Hurting Your Hearing Or Triggering Tinnitus
If you are concerned that your hearing has become damaged by your medication, there are some steps you can take. Should the medication just be an over-the-counter medication, you can simply stop taking the medication. For temporary medications which you need to finish the entire course, be sure you have your hearing screened afterward to ensure that everything is okay.
However, if you have taken ototoxic medication that causes permanent damage such as severe tinnitus, you need to have a hearing evaluation. Here at Echo Hearing Center, we can help you determine if you have hearing loss and help you treat your tinnitus.
If you are concerned about your hearing, you can always contact us and meet with our audiologist. He will be able to provide you with a comprehensive hearing evaluation and can help you if any hearing loss or tinnitus has resulted.