J Neurol Surg B 2019; 80(02): 214-224
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677865
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Challenges of Hearing Rehabilitation after Radiation and Chemotherapy

1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States
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Paul W. Gidley
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States
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Publication History

14 April 2018

14 December 2018

Publication Date:
04 February 2019 (eFirst)

Abstract

Radiation and chemotherapy are frequently used in the treatment of head and neck malignancies. Ototoxicity is a common adverse effect of these treatment modalities. This article discusses the patterns of hearing loss following chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Specific issues related to hearing rehabilitation in oncological patients will also be covered, such as controversies regarding treatment of radiation-induced serous otitis media, risks of otologic surgery, and the use of osseointegrated hearing aids and cochlear implants.