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What is Ototoxicity & How is it Monitored?
What is Ototoxicity?
Ototoxicity is a term used to describe damage caused to the hearing and balance organs as a result of certain drugs. A variety of drugs/treatment options, particularly life-saving powerful antibiotics and anti-neoplastic drugs, may lead to auditory and/or vestibular (balance) dysfunction.
How is Ototoxicity monitored?
Audiologic monitoring for ototoxicity is primarily performed for early detection of hearing changes presumably attributed to a drug so that changes in the drug regimen may be considered. Additionally, ototoxicity monitoring is utilized for the audiologic intervention when hearing loss, worsened by drug/treatment regime, occurs.