CHECK YOUR MEDICATION
A number of medicines — both prescription and over-the-counter — can damage the ear and alter balance. The side-effects of ‘ototoxic’ drugs can range from mild dizziness and temporary ringing, to tinnitus and permanent impairment. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association estimates that there are more than 200 ototoxic medications currently on the market, including certain antibiotics, loop diuretics, cancer drugs and aspirin (when taken in very large doses). The level of ototoxicity depends on dose and duration, so talk to your GP if you’re taking an ototoxic medicine for a prolonged period, and follow the dosage instructions of painkillers carefully.