Hearing Examination In Tuberculosis Patients?

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Doctor, what is the function of hearing examination (audiometry) for MDR TB patients and what will be the disadvantages if MDR TB patients do not do this?

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Hello Miss Nira, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Patients with multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) will receive different treatment from ordinary tuberculosis sufferers because the tuberculosis bacteria in their bodies have already experienced resistance to the previous treatment. One type of drug given to MDR TB patients (aminoglycoside drugs) has ototoxic properties or can cause permanent (incurable) damage to the nerves in the ear. Therefore, in patients with MDR TB who receive aminoglycosides, periodic audiometric examinations must be carried out to see whether there is any hearing loss due to side effects of the drugs given.


Not doing audiometry actually doesn't have a direct impact on your health. However, by not doing audiometry, the doctor will not be able to monitor if there is damage to your ear nerves and cannot take the necessary actions to anticipate the damage. Therefore, it is better if you continue to do the audiometric examination as recommended by your doctor.

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