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.