Medication & Hearing Loss Find Answers

Did you know more than 200 medications are known to cause hearing loss? Keep reading to learn more about the frequently overlooked connection between hearing loss and medications.

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Is My Medication Causing Hearing Loss?

Prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause either hearing loss or tinnitus are called ototoxic medications, and they’re something to watch out for if you’re noticing problems with your hearing.

The effects of ototoxicity may be temporary or permanent, so it’s important to connect with a doctor or hearing care professional immediately if you suspect a connection between your medicine and recent symptoms of hearing loss.

What Is Ototoxicity?

Ototoxicity involves damage to the inner ear caused by the chemicals found in certain medications. Certain people may be at higher risk for ototoxicity, including those who already suffer from sensorineural hearing loss.

Some known ototoxic medications are used to treat infections, cancer and heart disease. These include:

Certain antibiotics
Cancer chemotherapy drugs
Salicylate pain relievers
Loop diuretics

Always consult with a medical professional to better understand the ototoxicity risks of any medication you’re currently taking.

Other Sources of Ototoxicity

Ototoxicity isn’t limited to prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Many common substances can have an ototoxic effect when consumed, including:

Caffeine in coffee, sodas, energy drinks and tea

Remember: only a trained hearing care professional will be able to accurately determine the cause and type of your hearing loss, so be sure to book an appointment as soon as possible if you’re noticing symptoms.

Ototoxicity and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. This common condition is typically exacerbated by the same medications and substances that can lead to general hearing loss, so it’s important to consider ototoxicity when seeking treatment for your tinnitus.

Can I Ignore the Hearing Loss Caused by Medications?

Hearing loss impacts much more than your ability to hear. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect many aspects of your life, including your overall health and wellbeing.

Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, isolation, dementia, falls and more, so seeking treatment quickly is recommended.

Click the link below to learn more about the impacts of hearing loss—and how hearing aids can help you.

Online Hearing Assessment

Visit any Beltone Hearing Care Center to discover just how simple it is to improve your hearing.

You can also take our online hearing assessment to get a head start on your free appointment—we’ll forward your results to your local Beltone office. The results will help your hearing care professional begin the process of determining your level of hearing loss and which hearing aids are right for you.

Take the Next Step

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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (sometimes called nerve-related hearing loss) is the most common type of hearing loss among adults.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss is often temporary and can sometimes be corrected with wax removal, medication or surgery.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is precisely what it sounds like: a mix of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Earbuds & Hearing Loss

Headphones and earbuds can induce hearing loss by isolating loud noises and placing them directly inside your sensitive ear canals.

Age-Related Hearing Loss

Along with exposure to loud noises, the natural aging process is the most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss.

Meningitis & Hearing Loss

While meningitis doesn’t always result in hearing loss, people who have had meningitis are at a much higher risk.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss—or hearing impairment—is a reduction in your ability to hear. It can happen gradually or relatively quickly. At Beltone, we want to help you understand hearing loss and find the right solution.

Impacts of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, falls and other serious health conditions. It can also leave people feeling isolated and make it difficult to participate in once-loved activities. Addressing hearing loss is an important part of maintaining good health.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. If you are experiencing these symptoms—intermittently or constantly—a Beltone hearing care professional can help you get relief.