Archive for October 4th, 2009

Ototoxicity

Your inner ear can be damaged by many things, including head trauma, viruses, and even by a toxin. Ototoxicity occurs when the vestibular system is damaged by a toxin. These toxins are usually medically based, such as antibiotics, most notably gentamicin, some chemotherapy drugs, and environmental chemicals. This damage can be potentially be permanent an irreversible, but does not have to be.

Symptoms: Tinnitus, loss of balance, vision disruption, vertigo. Severity will vary.

Treatment: No cure. Physical therapy can reduce the symptoms and re-train the brain to the changes in the inner ear.

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