Hearing During Cancer Treatments- Pt. 1

Q.   My hearing loss was a problem before I began chemo treatments for my cancer.  The chemo has made my hearing even worse.  Should I wait until after my treatments are over to get hearing aids?

A.  If you are hampered by your hearing loss, I would recommend you take steps now to hear better.  Hearing better sooner will help reduce your stress as you go through your treatments, as well as give you more clarity and ease of understanding during this critical time.  Hearing your healthcare providers as well as possible will surely benefit your treatments and recovery.

  Get a hearing test now as a baseline.  Listen to hearing aids at your appointment.  The hearing center should be able to provide you with numerous settings if the chemo affects your hearing differently each day.  Once your treatments have ended, your hearing level might improve and have fewer fluctuations after 6 to 8 weeks. 

  Get a hearing test about 2 months after your chemo is over to provide your hearing center with an accurate view of how your hearing has changed.  They can then adjust your hearing aids accordingly. 

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam.  You can listen to hearing aids at your appointment.  We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so you can fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.  Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.