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Ototoxic Drugs

Some medications have been known to cause hearing loss or tinnitus in some people or exacerbate an existing hearing problem. Usually this problem will only be caused by exceeding the recommended dosage. Be sure to consult with your medical professional if you are unsure of your drug’s ototoxicity or if you experience any changes in your hearing.  Although there are times when the drugs can cause permanent damage, some hearing problems are reversible when the drug is discontinued.To see a comprehensive list of medications and their affect on hearing download NVRC's PDF Fact Sheet on Ototoxic Drugs.Click Here to Download

For a more complete list of medications, we recommend a book:
Ototoxic Drugs Exposed (3rd Edition) by Neil G. Bauman, Ph. D.
Or you can visit Neil Bauman, Ph.D. website by clicking here.


Other Resources

MERCK MANUAL - Drug-Induced Ototoxicity - Ototoxicity

Other Causes of Sudden Deafness (NIDCD)


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