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Having a toxic effect on the structures of the ear, especially on its nerve supply.

o′to·tox·ic′i·ty (-tŏk-sĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(Medicine) damage to the ear
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18) Hypoxemia has been identified as a possible ototoxin according to Duara S et al (19), Leech et al concluded that brainstem auditory nuclei are particularly susceptible to acute hypoxic insults in the neonates.
The chance of acquiring a hearing problem increases by five percent for this risk group owing to low oxygen, ototoxins they received and the noise exposure inside the Intensive Care Unit," he said.
Patient and provider education about ototoxic-induced hearing and tinnitus, synergistic effects of ototoxins and noise overexposure, and rehabilitative solutions to hearing loss and tinnitus.