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Medications Can Affect Your Hearing

Many drugs, both prescription and un-prescribed, are known to be ototoxic—and they can affect a person’s hearing adversely.

The most common of these medications include drugs used in chemotherapy, steroids, and painkillers as well as various types of antibiotics. Also, nicotine and alcohol can deteriorate your hearing over a period of time. As a rule, the stronger the drug, the sooner it may have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to hear and understand speech.

Hearing loss from these medications can be temporary, but the loss can also be permanent, causing irreparable damage to the cochlea of the inner ear. This is where the cilia, or hair cells, transmit electrical impulses to the auditory portion of the brain for speech. Once these nerves of the inner ear are damaged, it is permanent. They cannot be repaired. The person suffering from this type of impairment will have difficulty with speech discrimination eventually.

Fortunately, today’s digital hearing aids are able to overcome hearing loss deficits in more effective ways than the older analog hearing instruments were able to do. Today’s newest and most advanced hearing aid devices are “prescription” fitted to each person. And if as a result of prescription medications or any other reason your hearing deteriorates further, these digital hearing devices can be reprogrammed on a computer to compensate for the further hearing loss. No need to replace them. They adapt to your specific hearing needs. In short, today’s state-of-the-art digital hearing aids are like tiny computers in your ears, offering unprecedented listening comfort and adaptability.

At Professional Hearing Care Center, we carry all major brands of hearing aids, and will fit you with the right hearing aids to correct your particular hearing loss and needs. Visit us for your FREE hearing test.