A new study in mice is proving that hearing loss can be caused by certain antibiotics.
A class of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides are used commonly in pediatrics to treat serious infections such as meningitis and bacteremia. The researchers gave one group of mice a low dose of aminoglycosides and they developed some hearing loss but the group they gave the human equivalent dose for infections had much more substantial hearing loss.
It is widely accepted that the accompanying hearing loss, which damages sensory cells in the inner ear, is a fair compromise for life. While a deaf life is better than no life at all the complications for a deaf child learning to speak, learning in general, and the social impact are vast. This study and the hero mice involved have paved the way for improvement in treatments of serious infections cases. Thank you mice! Click below to read more.