|Re: HIV and hearing loss
Sep 26, 2007
You stated previously that HIV can cause hearing loss. I have been poz for about 2 years, cd4's 340-520, in good health, low VL so no meds. I am mid 50's. I've developed bilateral mild tinnitus, a bit of a nuisance but I can live with it. I saw an ENT who found nothing but I have to admit I didn't tell him about my status.
My HIV specialist says that HIV doesn't cause tinnitus. If it can affect hearing, one cranial nerve, can't it affect the others?
| Response from Dr. Henry
HIV very rarely would directly cause hearing loss (indirect loss from brain/nerve problem seen in AIDS patients or side effect of medication more likely than any direct cause) which is fairly common in the general population. KH
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