Drugs That Can Cause Hearing Loss
These drugs are potentially ototoxic:
Antibiotics: Amikacin, Erythromycin, Gentamycin, Neomycin, Tetracycline, Tobramycin, Vancomycin
Loop diuretics: Bumetanide, Furosemide
Chemotherapy: Cisplatin, Mechlorethamine
NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, Ketorolac, Naproxen, Salicylates
Others: Chloroquine, Quinine
Ototoxic medications can cause sensorineural hearing loss which is when damage to any part of the inner ear or neural pathway to the brain occurs and affects the ability to hear some frequencies. This hearing loss can be mild or profound. Besides making hearing faint sounds difficult, this type of hearing loss also makes understanding speech and hearing clearly more difficult. Sensorineural hearing loss is considered a permanent loss.