Ototoxicity Awareness

Ensuring you are In the Know about medically related factors is a responsibility our practices takes to heart. Systems-thinking is key: namely body systems such as circulatory, within which blood flow and toxins or impurities can negatively impact functionality of tiny auditory (hearing) and/or vestibular (balance) organs.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) specifies: “The total number of cases is predicted to increase by 49% from 1,534,500 (2015) to 2,286,300 annual cases (2050). In each age group, the total number of cases is predicted to increase.” 1

In practice, chemotherapy is a primary cancer treatment regimen, with cisplatin and similar chemical compounds as frequently used therapeutic agents. This requires us to understand Ototoxicity, the manner in which certain drugs can cause side effects such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss or dizziness. Harmful effects can impact the cochlea (inner ear) or vestibular (balance) system. Keep in mind that, beyond cisplatin, there are 100’s of potentially ototoxic medications, including many commonly used, but most remain (despite Rx paperwork provided) unaware of side effects. For a comprehensive list, click here.

Taking these factors into consideration, Ototoxicity Monitoring should be integrated into daily or acute decision making with a healthy sequence like this:

Treatment Drug Flow List

Given life-changing strides being made in cancer care, compassionate clinicians and talented surgeons are dedicated to optimal outcomes. To put more life into years, we must focus on taking care of our ears. From the ability to understand medical instructions and communicate with care providers to joys of hearing, factoring Ototoxicity concerns into Doctor/Patient dialogue is crucial. Self-advocacy matters and you deserve to Hear the Facts.

Count on us for baseline exams, ongoing evaluations of hearing ability trends and sound advice.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.