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Question: Can systane eye drops attibute to hearing loss?

Asked by MJ on Jun, 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm:

Who:
Age: 67   Gender: female
Conditions: Sudden Hearing Loss
Medications: Visine-a

Details:
Started having a rushing sound in left ear. Went to MD who said I had ear infection. Gave me antibiotics. Did not work. Went to ENT. He gave me hearing test and said I had significant loss of hearing in left ear and has ordered a MRI. I read that eye drops can cause hearing loss. I have been using eye drops (Systane) since January of this year. Anybody else experience this? My ENT did not say anything about it. Would appreciate some feed back, Thanks

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Angie on Sep, 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm:

Yes,I had a similar situation approximately 1 year ago. I have used eye drops for some time (Visine) and suddenly had a rushing sound in both ears and both ears closed up. The left ear opened after a couple of days, but the right ear sustained total hearing loss. I went to my Doctor and he said it appeared that I had been the victim of a virus. I later went to and Audiologist and she confirmed the complete loss of hearing and also advised me to get an MRI which I have not yet done. She did not mention anything about the eye drops, I just happened to think that they might be a cause. I am female, age 59. My Doctor did give me a round of steroid medicine in the off chance it might help, but to no avail. I would also appreciate any feedback from others.

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