Audiology and Malaria: a Proposed Protocol (Malaria Part 5)

HHTM Staff HHTM readers Last series post concluded with a cry of concern: At some point Audiologists encounter patients with malarial effects; Pediatric Audiologists will encounter infants born to mothers who had malaria and malarial treatments. What are we to do when this happens? We lack guidance.  Today’s post wraps up the malaria series and concludes…

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Quinine part 2: Old, Effective, Bitter, Ototoxic, Reliable

Last post briefly reviewed quinine’s colorful and deadly history.  It’s the oldest and most drug-resistant malarial treatment, also the most readily available, least expensive, and most dreadful.  It was the single cure for malaria until World War II, when malaria wreaked havoc on US soldiers in the Pacific theater of operations and the search for new,…

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Quinine: Old, Effective, Bitter, Ototoxic: Malaria Part 4

HHTM Staff HHTM Readers: drug regimens for prevention and/or treatment of malaria were the topics for the last two series posts, following a post on the disease itself.  The disease is terrible and so are the handful of drugs used to prevent or treat it.  Quinine is the standout – historically, politically, economically, audiologically, and…

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Anti-Malarial Drug Effects on Hearing and Balance: Malaria Part 3

HHTM Staff HHTM readers,  The last blog post on malaria in The Audiology Condition described preventive approaches–mainly “chemoprophylactic” medication regimens– used to avoid contracting malaria in countries where the disease is endemic. There are five drugs in the preventive regime.  None are effective in all endemic countries, all have side effects that include hearing and…

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Anti-Malarial Drug Effects on Hearing and Balance, part 2

HHTM Staff Two weeks ago our post described malaria the disease, along with the disease’s murky connection to hearing loss.  Today’s post discusses five drugs used to prevent malaria.  Some of these are known causes of sensorineural hearing loss which may or may not be reversible; others produce auditory/vestibular symptoms such as tinnitus and dizziness.…

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