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Sudden Hearing Loss

Okay, great. There are just a few more questions.

Because certain medications can cause hearing loss, we'd like to move on to some questions about that. About 5% of hearing loss is related to exposure to a medication or toxin. For example, certain antibiotics, chemotherapy, high-dose aspirin, and diuretic medications ("water pills" such as furosemide) may cause hearing loss. Fortunately, recognition of the problem and stopping the medicine can prevent permanent hearing loss.

Did you start taking any new medications shortly before the onset of hearing loss?

Yes, I recently started a new medication.

No, I haven't started taking any new medications.

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