Protection of Hair Cells from Ototoxic Drug-Induced Hearing Loss

  • Jin Guo
  • Renjie Chai
  • Huawei Li
  • Shan SunEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1130)


Hair cells are specialized sensory epithelia cells that receive mechanical sound waves and convert them into neural signals for hearing, and these cells can be killed or damaged by ototoxic drugs, including many aminoglycoside antibiotics, platinum-based anticancer agents, and loop diuretics, leading to drug-induced hearing loss. Studies of therapeutic approaches to drug-induced hearing loss have been hampered by the limited understanding of the biological mechanisms that protect and regenerate hair cells. This review briefly discusses some of the most common ototoxic drugs and describes recent research concerning the mechanisms of ototoxic drug-induced hearing loss. It also highlights current developments in potential therapies and explores current clinical treatments for patients with hearing impairments.


Hair cell Ototoxicity Aminoglycosides Reactive oxygen species Mitochondrial DNA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Hearing Medicine of NHFPC, ENT Institute and Otorhinolaryngology Department, Shanghai Engineering Research Centre of Cochlear Implant, Affiliated Eye and ENT Hospital, State Key Laboratory of Medical NeurobiologyFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.MOE Key Laboratory for Developmental Genes and Human Disease, Institute of Life Sciences, Jiangsu Province High-Tech Key Laboratory for Bio-Medical ResearchSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina

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