Increased Ototoxicity in Both Young and Old Mice

Kenneth R. Henry, Richard A. Chole, Michael D. Mcginn, Donald P. Frush

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Preweanling, postadolescent, and post-middle-aged CBA/J mice received injections of kanamycin sulfate for two weeks, followed by electrocochleographic (isoelectric auditory nerve-evoked potential thresholds from 2,000 to 64,000 Hz) and histocochleographic (hair cell counts from cochlea whole-mount preparations) analysis. The preweanling mice had structural and functional losses from all portions of the cochlea, while the postadolescent mice had no structural and minimal functional loss. The oldest mice had basal inner and outer hair cell loss and elevated high-frequency thresholds. This is an experimental validation of the clinical observation that infants are most susceptible to aminoglycosidic ototoxicity. It also supports the suspicion that older persons are also susceptible to ototoxicity and provides the first animal model for experimentally investigating these age-dependent effects. (Arch Otolaryngol 107:92-95, 1981)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1981


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