Help and frequently asked questions

Which antibiotics cause hearing loss?


The group of antibiotics most likely to cause hearing loss are aminoglycosides. These include:

  • Gentamycin
  • Streptomycin
  • Neomycin

 These antibiotics are often used to treat serious or life-threatening bacterial infections such as tuberculosis (TB). They are sometimes prescribed when a bacterial infection does not improve after treatment with antibiotics that are not in the aminoglycosides group.