Awareness of Ototoxicity among Medical Doctors in Assam.
Ototoxicity is defined as the tendency of certain medicine to cause functional
injury and cellular degeneration of tissues of the inner ear and vestibular nerve.
Most medical doctors prescribe certain medicines to the patients during treatment,
which upon consumption may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss in patients.
These medicines are known as ototoxic medications and cause ototoxicity.
Currently, there are no therapies for the prevention or treatment of ototoxicity
that the Food and Drug Administration has approved.
The World Health Organization has identified ototoxicity as one of
the main preventable causes of deafness and an outcome that can be most
directly influenced by healthcare professionals.
Previous literature has well reported the ill-effect of ototoxic drugs on hearing.
The present study has been undertaken to evaluate the level of awareness about
ototoxicity among the Doctors in Assam.
The primary objective of this study was to identify the level of awareness
on ototoxicity among the Doctors of Assam.
Eighteen percent of the doctors somewhat agreed to it. Seventy percent of doctors
strongly agreed that certain medications can damage the ear, resulting in ringing
sensation in the ear.
Thirty percent of doctors somewhat agreed to this statement.
Only 55% of the doctors strongly agreed that certain medications can damage the ear,
resulting in balance disorders.
Thirty-seven percent of the doctors somewhat agreed on this.
Seven percent of the doctors were neutral on this statement.
Ninety-three percent of the doctors strongly agreed that they are familiar
with the term ototoxicity. Three percent of the doctors somewhat agreed.
Two percent of doctors were neutral on their familiarity with
the term and the remaining 2% somewhat agreed.
Otolaryngol Open J. 2020; 6(1): 1-4. doi: 10.17140/OTLOJ-6-159