07 May May is Hearing Health Month! Reasons why YOU should take our hearing check challenge!
May is speech and hearing month, dedicated to drawing attention to and building awareness of hearing and speech issues. Just like your eyes or your heart, your ears should be included as part of your regular health and wellness routine. Stay on top of your hearing health. Establish a baseline. Be proactive.
We challenge you to call 482-2222 and take our complimentary hearing check challenge at one of our 5 convenient locations.
Not convinced yet? For the month of may, our blog posts will include a different reason why you should have your hearing checked.
Did you know that many prescribed and OTC medications have ototoxic (meaning toxic to the ear) side effects? For some medications, this can be in the form of hearing loss. For others, it can present as a ringing in the ears. Either symptom can be a sign of an ototoxic side effect from any of your medications.
You may be wondering which medications can affect the ears? There are over 200 known ototoxic medications, but below are a few common examples.
Ototoxic medications known to cause permanent damage include certain aminoglycoside antibiotics, such as gentamicin (family history may increase susceptibility), and cancer chemotherapy drugs, such as cisplatin and carboplatin.
Drugs known to cause temporary damage include salicylate pain relievers (aspirin, used for pain relief and to treat heart conditions), quinine (to treat malaria), and loop diuretics (to treat certain heart and kidney conditions).
Book your hearing check challenge and bring your list of medications to see if any fall in the ototoxic category.