Exposure to These Chemicals Could Be Causing Your Hearing Loss
Exposure to ototoxic chemicals found in a number of solvents, varnishes and other products common at worksites can cause permanent hearing loss regardless of whether noise exposure exists.
What Chemicals are Ototoxicants?
Chemicals that can damage nerve fibers and tiny hairs within the ear are
Ototoxicant chemicals that affect hearing or balance can be found in many common products, including those that are used or spilled on construction worksites, factories, or in the home. A few
- Carbon monoxide from gas-powered vehicles or tools
- Benzene from cleaning agents, paints or plastics
- Carbon disulfide in pesticides
- Xylene found in varnishes, paints, and thinners
- Trichloroethylene in rug cleaners and spot removers
- Styrene used in insulation and plastics
Who is Most at Risk for Hearing Loss?
When combined with exposure to loud noises, the risk of hearing loss from
There is no treatment for ototoxic hearing loss. Symptoms of
Preventing Ototoxicant Exposure
To prevent or limit exposure to