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Research seeks to prevent hearing loss during chemotherapy

University of Illinois

Sharon Parmet - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University are collaborating to develop a device to prevent hearing loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy patients are often caught unaware when they find themselves dealing with hearing loss following treatment, according to David Klodd, professor of audiology in the UIC College of Medicine.

“Some commonly used chemotherapy drugs are ototoxic — that is, they can damage structures in the inner ear involved in hearing,” Klodd said.

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