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Cochleotoxicity symptoms range from mild tinnitus to total hearing loss, depending upon each person and the form and level of exposure to the ototoxin. They can include one-sided or two-sided hearing loss and constant or fluctuating tinnitus.
There are more than 200 known ototoxic medications (prescription and over-the-counter) on the market today. These include medicines used to treat serious infections, cancer, and heart disease.
Fact is hearing loss is not a self-contained impairment limited just to your ears. Many different studies conducted here and abroad have demonstrated that quite a few serious ailments can impact our hearing. It just goes to show that all the bodily organs and functions are tightly interconnected: When one system or organ fails, it sends rippling effects through the others. Your hearing is not immune to this insidious process.
What is the correlation between the CKD (chronic kidney disease) and hearing loss? According to researchers, "The link can be explained by structural and functional similarities between tissues in the inner ear and in the kidney. Additionally, toxins that accumulate in kidney failure can damage nerves, including those in the inner ear."
How are diabetes and hearing loss correlated? Researchers believe that hearing impairment in diabetics is caused by damage to the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, the same damage that causes infections of the feet and damage to the eye's retina.
With cochleotoxicity, hearing loss or the start or worsening of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can occur through damage to the cochlea (the hearing apparatus) or the cochlear branch of the vestibulo-cochlear nerve. Vestibular ototoxicity or vestibulotoxicity are terms used to describe ototoxicity that affects the balance organs or the vestibular branch of the vestibulo-cochlear nerve.
Scientific studies are required to confirm whether a drug is ototoxic. Unfortunately, such research often involves years of study. When assessing the safety of a drug prior to releasing it on the market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require testing of inner ear function or examination of the inner ear structures. This is one reason it is almost impossible to say with confidence how many and which drugs cause ototoxicity and how many or which people are affected by it.
Problems with a particular drug are usually only discovered after enough people have suffered the consequences and when physicians or other health care professionals can see a probable connection between the symptoms or problems and a drug.
At present there are no treatments that can reverse the damage.
At this time, there is no approved protective strategy.
Originally posted by Toots
And although his hearing loss was gradual, I wouldn't have ever thought that medications were the cause!
Originally posted by NarcolepticBuddha
reply to post by Toots
I'm glad you found something useful in this thread. Would you care to post more about this tea? I am always on the lookout and trying new things to help with my sensorineural hearing loss (damage to the cochlea and auditory nerve.) Thus far, conventional medicine tells us it is impossible to repair such damage, but I'm not giving up yet.
Originally posted by stirling
I too would be interested to hear a little more about this tea.....
maybe it could help...all that ringing keeps me awake at night.
Originally posted by dogstar23
reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
While I would feel more of a disability if I was blind, I would feel more "disconnected" if I was deaf. Anything that threatens that, I'm not cool with!