Cancer and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss and cancer are closely related as some types of cancer treatments can permanently damage a patient’s hearing.

Hearing loss can be induced by the following:

  • Chemotherapy ​(Cisplatin, Carboplatin)
  • Radiation therapy​ (to head, ear, or brain)
  • Surgery ​(to brain, ear, or auditory nerve)
  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics​ (erythromycin, neomycin, gentamicin, streptomycin, tobramycin)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs​ (NSAIDs) (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium)
  • Aspirin ​(taken in large amounts)
  • Loop diuretics ​(furosemide, ethacrynic acid)
  • Some ​heart and blood pressure medications​ (metoprolol)
  • Some ​anti-nausea medications​ (promethazine)

House of Hearing Audiologists recommend hearing testing before and after treatment to monitor changes.

Read: When to see an audiologist

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