Ototoxicity (oto-means ear and toxic means side effect)
Ototoxicity means certain drugs used to treat certain medical conditions in the body has a side effect on hearing or balancing organ situated in the inner ear. The effects of ototoxicity can be reversible and temporary, or irreversible and permanent.
Hearing loss caused by this kind of medication tends to develop quickly. The first symptoms usually are ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and vertigo. Hearing usually returns to normal after you stop taking the medicine. But some medicines can cause permanent damage to the inner ear.
Early intervention plays a key role in improving speech understanding. hearing loss will be treated either by bilateral Digital Hearing Aid fitting or cochlear implants.
Hearing aid benefit depends on the site of damage in the inner ear or nerve.