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All Diseases > Aminoglycoside-induced deafness

Aminoglycoside-induced deafness (AID)

Disease Category: Mitochondrial Disorders

Sensorineural hearing loss, or permanent hearing loss caused by irreversible damage to the inner ear or the nerve that transmits signals from the brain to the ear. Onset occurs a few days to weeks following exposure to aminoglycoside antibiotics. Specific genetic mutations in mitochondria (specialized cellular structures that produce energy) predispose individuals to ototoxicity (ear poisoning by certain medications).

Research groups studying this disease

Mitochondrial Disorders
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North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium (NAMDC)

Promotes research and education for the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of mitochondrial disorders while providing support to those affected.

Improves quality of life for people affected by mitochondrial disease through education, outreach, advocacy, and clinical research initiatives.