Children face many ear related issues as they grow. One particular ear issue that is very dangerous to children is Ototoxicity. Many times children are forced to take high dose of medicine due to infections and cancer.
These medicines in high levels can cause hearing loss and balance problems and is called Ototoxicity or more communally known as ear poisoning. Each year Ototoxicity sends thousands of kids to their Ear Nose and Throat Doctor for treatment. Today we’re going to learn more about this increasingly common problem.
ENT Birmingham – The Signs and Symptoms of Ototoxicity
Common ear infections in children are not normally a serious issue. While they need to be treated, they do not have long term side affects. However, with Ototoxicity, a child may be left with permanent hearing loss.
On the other hand, some children may only have limited damage and might not even know that they are suffering from Ototoxicity.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss Due To Ototoxicity
- Speech related issues such as poor or no speech at all.
- Trouble in school or a learning disability.
- Always turning up the volume of the TV or radio.
- Inattentive to normal daily situation.
- Failure to respond when being asked a question.
Treatment of Hearing Loss Due To Ototoxicity
Sadly there is no known drug that can treat hearing loss due to Ototoxicity. While Ear Nose and Throat Doctors are working hand in hand with drug companies to come up with a cure, right now, the only thing that can be done is prevention. Some children who are taken off the medication that is causing the condition will get better on their on. If the damage is not bad, balance and hearing will be restored.
For those with severe damage, amplification devices and hearing aids will help bring back some hearing. This may be uncomfortable for the child at first but with time they will often learn to feel comfortable using this equipment.
Call Shelby Ear Nose and Throat Associates if you’re looking for an ENT Doctor in Birmingham, Shelby County, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera or Hoover at (205) 621-8900.