There are more than 200 drugs that cause hearing loss— an unwelcome side effect of both prescription and over-the-counter treatments. These drugs, called ototoxic medications, include several medications that cause tinnitus.
What is ototoxicity?
Ototoxicity describes damage to the inner ear caused by certain chemicals found in pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications. Also, some dietary choices are considered ototoxic and can harm your hearing. Hearing loss resulting from ototoxicity can be temporary or permanent.
Certain people may be at higher risk for ototoxicity, including those who already have a sensori-neural hearing loss.