Cancer and Hearing Loss

Last Updated December 24, 2022

Arash G

By Arash G

GM House of Hearing Clinics


Cancer and hearing loss 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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