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Some treatments for childhood cancer can damage hearing. Hearing loss can interfere with daily living, so it is important to have your hearing checked and treated if hearing loss is found. How severe hearing loss is varies by each person. Some people can’t hear high-pitched sounds and others have total hearing loss. Likewise, some types of hearing loss can improve over time while other types cannot.
Certain cancer treatments can affect the ears and increase risk for hearing loss in one or both of them. They include:
Some people don’t have any symptoms; others might have symptoms such as:
If you had cancer treatment that can affect the ears, have your hearing tested by a hearing disorder specialist (audiologist) at least once after you finish treatment. You might need additional testing based on the type and dosage of your treatment. Testing should be repeated if hearing loss is found or if you begin to have trouble hearing.
If you have hearing loss, many services and tools can help you communicate. They can be used together or separately.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA, PL 101-136) guarantees people with hearing loss equal access to public events, spaces, and opportunities. This includes text telephones and telephone amplifiers in public places, and assistive listening devices in theaters.
If you have or are at risk for hearing loss, be sure to seek treatment right away if you have an ear infection, swimmer’s ear, or earwax blockage. Also, take care to protect your ears from loud noises, which can damage your ears.
Examples of items, activities, and jobs that can increase risk for hearing loss include:
boating or water
lawn mowers, yard
trimmers, or leaf blowers
cab, truck, and bus
If you can’t avoid exposure to loud noise, you should:
Talk with your primary care doctor if you have hearing loss or are at risk for it. If you need medicine at any point, ask your doctor to use alternatives to those that have the potential to cause further hearing loss. Medicine that has this potential include certain antibiotics, diuretics, salicylates (such as aspirin), and medicine used to treat high iron levels.
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