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Help! Severe hearing loss from radiation treatment?

cassmike
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I had about three months of radiation on my neck and chest area in 1991. Last year I started to lose my hearing in my left ear, the same side I was radiated on. I have severe nerve damage and cannot hear at all out of it. My oncologist believes it is a result of the treatment. Has anyone else had this problem?

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BugHunter
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I have not heard of such a problem(no pun intended). It does strike me as odd that it would take 16 years to show up all of a sudden. Hope they find a fix for you!

BILL

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HAWVET
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I have had minor problems with my ears after radiation but it came within a few years. I understand an Oncologist may know what is causing your hearing loss, but it may be due to other causes. Have you seen a Otalaryngologist?

cassmike
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Thanks for your email. No I have not seen an Otalaryngologist. That is probably a good idea. What minor problems have you had?

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HAWVET
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Mike,
I was having ear presurerization problems. According to the otalaryngologist, this was because of the scarring tissues from the radiation treatment. My cancer was nasopharyngeal. I had my cancer in 1998. I still have pressurization problems, but not as frequent. A few years ago, I experienced high frequency hearing loss. I got a hearing aid, but it did not help much. I did not check, but I had thought that the loss was a result of getting old. I have a zero percent rating for hearing from the VA so they paid for the hearing aid and will for any future problems.
Johnny

3_Putt
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I've got high frequency hearing loss and pretty bad tinnitus. It came on during treatment. Doc said it was from chemo, but I don't know if it was the Erbitux, Cisplatin or both? A year and a half later, I'm hearing a little better, but the tinnitus is getting a little worse.

be4man
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My Oncologist warned me of hearing loss from Cisplatan and after 2 month's out from treatment I haven't noticed any changes. For how long it can be a threat I don't know.

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