Cystic Fibrosis and the Hearing Loss Connection

Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, inherited disease which affects the lungs and digestive system from a defective gene and its protein produces unusually thick sticky mucus. Worldwide, 70,000 and nationwide 30,000 children and adults are affected.  Those with CF have their lungs clog which leads to life-threatening lung infections. This mucus can also obstruct the…

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Hearing Loss after a Liver Transplant?

This past week I had a patient who received a liver transplant over 3 years ago.  He went to a world-renowned clinic for the procedure and during his post-transplant follow up he took advantage of his location and obtained diagnostic evaluation and treatment of his perceived hearing loss.  As a clinician, I know what I say…

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Reducing Ototoxicity from Cancer Treatment in Children

We reach out to physicians by sending monthly fax and email educational pieces.  Our Audiologist Diana Holan, MS, wrote this section for a recent physician outreach.  I wanted to pass it along in today’s post. Incidence of hearing loss as a side effect of chemotherapy (i.e. cisplatin and carboplatin) is well documented, although it usually…

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What Do You Do With Your Drug List?

As clinicians, whether we are dispensers or audiologists, most of the people we come into contact with ask us about the effects of medication on hearing and balance.  We also query patients on their medications as part of the the history taking portion of diagnostic evaluations. But how many of us look up each medication?…

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