What is it about?

The opioid epidemic has important implications for the field of hearing healthcare that sometimes go overlooked. More attention is needed on how the opioid epidemic influences clinical practice and such a discussion could be useful for audiologists. This paper discusses the connections between the opioid epidemic and the field of audiology.

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Why is it important?

This article fills a gap in the literature by summarizing the overlap between opioid misuse and hearing loss populations, describing the evidence linking opioid misuse to hearing loss, and discussing clinical implications that opioid-induced hearing loss and neonatal abstinence syndrome have for practicing audiologists. Clinicians may wish to consider the issues raised in this article before intervening with such conditions.


With such drastic increases in opioid misuse over the last 20 years, it is more likely that providers will encounter patients with opioid-induced hearing loss or neonatal anstinence syndrome. We hope this article serves as a guide for audiologists to make more informed clincial decisions in light of the opioid epidemic.

Khary Rigg
University of South Florida

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This page is a summary of: Opioid-Induced Hearing Loss and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Clinical Considerations for Audiologists and Recommendations for Future Research, American Journal of Audiology, December 2020, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2020_aja-20-00054.
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