Ok, I could have worded my post in a more politically correct way. Maybe use the word medication instead of drugs, which has a negative connotation. Nearly all sudden loss people who have posted here eventually admitted some kind of medication being a factor in their loss. Has anybody looked at the list I’ve posted? here are some of the more interesting entries:
-aspirin (temporary loss that goes away once stopped)
-ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, etc.)
lots of antibiotics are on the list including the following which is used in neosporin
so nobody honestly used any of the above? I don’t think one time usage of neosporin or ibuprofen will cause permanent damage. but I know people who take ibuprofen daily. I also know many who take aspirin daily. there’s this notion that these drugs since they are over the counter, they must be harmless which is obviously not the case.
Most doctors I’ve talked to do not know about the ototoxicity of the medications they prescribe. I was prescribed a number of these antibiotics on the list as a child and this is part of the reason why I am deaf in my right ear.
As for hearing aids causing further damage to your hearing. any thing that amplifies sound has the potential to kill your cochlea hair cells if the volume or gain is too high. I believe the general rule of thumb is anything above 85 decibels will hurt your hearing. however, at above 85 dB the sound has to last for several hours to cause permanent damage. a power drill and law mower will generate 100 dB which can be tolerated for I believe 2 hours. as the decibels rises the less time it takes to cause permanent damage to your ears.
if your hearing suddenly improves then the hearing aid can potentially provide too much gain. it would feel like you were at a concert where the music was too loud and you get a ringing in your ear.
The problem here is that typically new hearing aid users feel discomfort from having sounds amplified at problematic frequencies. Does not mean that their cochlea hair cells are getting killed off. It’s just discomfort and typically the user will be told that with time they will get used to it. However, if your hearing suddenly improves, then that discomfort can very well be from that fact that the aid is amplifying the sound way too much.
You can go to a site like the following and record the volume level at which you’ve done the test so you can repeat it again. If you have a sudden change in your hearing you can check for yourself. Although this test is crude it will probably be good enough to check for large changes in your hearing. If that occurs you can go back to your audi and aske for a retest.
don’t go crazy over this. if your hearing suddenly improves you will only have a problem with loud sounds considering your loss is around 50 dB you have 35 dB before the sound will start getting too loud. but like I’ve wrote that sound has to be sustain for several hours to cause permenant damage.
btw you will be hard pressed to find anybody in the industry willing admit that hearing aids can hurt your hearing. that will open up liability issues.
So how did you loose your hearing?
I myself was born with a hearing loss. Actually had some hearing in my right ear. But chronic ear infections and ototoxic medications made me deaf in my right ear and reduced my hearing in my left ear.