This medical video focuses on ways to protect your hearing when you going through chemo treatment.
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Jennifer Mathews: Kevin Douglass was treated for brain cancer when he was 12. Chemotherapy killed the cancer, but it also took part of his hearing. Kevin Douglass: I just woke up one morning, suddenly there was this ringing in my ears, it was really weird. Jennifer Mathews: He learned to read lips, and then he went on to hearing aids. Kevin Douglass: I can't talk on the phone with my hearing aids in my ears, so I have to take them out, at the same time I can't read lips over the phone. Jennifer Mathews: The problem is certain chemotherapies damage the cells of the cochlea that are responsible for high-pitched sounds. Now doctors say, the drug sodium thiosulfate can stop the damage. It's given after chemo. Dr. Edward Neuwelt: But before we started using the sodium thiosulfate in brain tumor patients, about half of the patients required a hearing aid. Jennifer Mathews: Now Dr. Edward Neuwelt says that number is down to less than 5 percent. Signe Brunner is one of the patients to benefit from the drug. As a mental health counselor listening is part of her job. Signe Brunner: The fact that I didn't lose my hearing, it was just a great miracle for me. Jennifer Mathews: A miracle more people will experience if the studies continue to show success. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.