In South Africa, Khumbulani Shandu, a 14-year old child, was suffering from drug-resistant tuberculosis. Then, after receiving a highly toxic antibiotic and other medication, he experienced sudden-onset hearing loss and went deaf. Read about his story in this CNN article and read his story of courage and how he was able to hear again when an anonymous donor paid for his cochlear implants.
If your physician prescribes a new drug, remember to ask if it has any side effects that impact hearing. Many medicines, including both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs, can be harmful to your hearing. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if any medicines you take routinely are “ototoxic” or harmful to your ears.
The Campaign for Better Hearing encourages all Americans over 60 to have their hearing tested annually. There are many drugs that can be harmful to your hearing, including antibiotics. If you have concerns about the potential toxicity of medicines you take, contact your primary care physician, medical provider or local pharmacist. To find out if you have hearing loss, make a no-obligation appointment at one of the Campaign’s sponsors.