Why Does Meningitis Cause Hearing Loss?
Meningitis may lead to an infection that causes a loss of sensitive hair cells in the inner ear, resulting in at least mild sensorineural hearing loss. Further physical damage to the structures of the inner ear often results in severe or even profound levels of hearing loss.
Unfortunately, just as meningitis itself can lead to hearing loss, the potent antibiotics used to treat it can cause hearing loss, as well. Medications or substances that are known to impair hearing are known as ototoxic. Click the link below to learn more about ototoxicity and your hearing.
Does Meningitis Cause Tinnitus?
How Do I Know If Meningitis Gave Me Hearing Loss?
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