There are countless drug and medication commercials nowadays with seemingly endless lists of negative side effects. Did you know certain medications can cause balance problems or hearing loss? These medications are in wide use, and they’re called ototoxic medications. Ototoxic drugs are over-the-counter (OTC) and doctor-prescribed medications that can damage your hearing and alter your balance. You can find more than 200 recognized ototoxic drugs that are in common use according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA). Quite a few of these ototoxic medications are used, and you’ve probably heard of them and might even be using them.
Increased dosage and/or mixing of these ototoxic medications can increase the risks, but always consult your physician before adjusting or stopping any prescription drugs. To safeguard your ear health, talk to your doctor for alternatives to known ototoxic medications; if they cannot be avoided, make sure you are taking the correct dose precisely as directed.