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Topic Managing treatment and side effects

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Hearing loss

Started by Anonymous on 14 October 2017 at 08:07

Has anyone any experience of hearing loss possibly caused by cyclosporin following a bone marrow transplant? Does it improve when medication is stopped or is it permanent? Thanks everyone.

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    From SusieQ  
    04 November 2017 at 07:37

    Hi Paula, Thanks for letting me know - and you’re right, there doesn’t seem a lot of information available on this. It sounds a distressing long term side effect for your husband. Hearing loss affects both the person and family, so may be having a significant impact? Hopefully the audiology department are sorting out equipment that can help with his hearing, and that other aspects of his treatment are going ok.... Warm wishes Sue

  • From Anonymous
    04 November 2017 at 00:36

    Hi Sue

    It appears from my husband's hearing test that the damage to his ear is  nerve damage and therefore likely to be permanent.


    I just thought I'd let you know as there seems to be very little information on it.


    Many thanks




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    From SusieQ  
    16 October 2017 at 12:47


    You've asked a good question. Hearing loss is a distressing side effect of some medications - and whilst for some, the loss is temporary - occasionally the damage can be permanent.

    I realise you're hoping to hear from others who may have experienced hearing loss whilst on Cyclosporin (an immunosuppressant medication). Reading the literature, hearing loss sounds a relatively rare, but recognised side effect of the drug. What I can't find out specifically, is if the hearing loss is temporary or permanent.

    It might be worth giving the charity 'Bloodwise' a call (Support Line - 0808 2080 888), as the specialist support team may be able to answer the hearing loss issue in more detail? (I'm sure you've done this already, but letting the doctor know about this side effect would be important).

    Meanwhile, if any of our online visitors have direct experience of this, it would be handy to hear how they got on.

    Warm wishes



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