Tepezza Hearing Loss Lawyers
Tepezza (teprotumumab) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2020 as one of the first medications to successfully treat the symptoms of thyroid eye disease (TED).
While the drug works well in treating TED (also known as Grave’s disease), its efficacy comes with a heavy price for many users: hearing loss.
2021 Study Finds Link Between Tepezza and Hearing Loss
In 2021, a study found that around 65% of people who use Tepezza develop hearing issues, including muffled hearing, tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears), and hearing loss. The study’s findings are in stark contrast to the studies performed before Tepezza received FDA approval, which found that only around 10% of patients taking it developed hearing loss.
How Is Tepezza Administered?
Tepezza is a prescription infusion treatment that is administered to patients through an IV. Patients who take Tepezza receive eight total infusions: one infusion every three weeks over five months.
How Does Tepezza Cause Hearing Impairments?
Tepezza’s active ingredient is an insulin-like growth factor-1 inhibitor (IGF-1R). After infusions, the IGF-1R in the drug binds to receptor switches behind the eyes to prevent them from turning on.
While this can help with the symptoms of TED, it can cause hearing loss, as IGF-1R is associated with hearing loss and impairment.
What Are the Hearing Impairments Caused by Tepezza?
Patients who have experienced hearing problems after receiving Tepezza infusions have reported:
- Muffled hearing
- Tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears)
- Hearing loss, which may be permanent
Our Tepezza Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help
Muffled hearing, tinnitus, and hearing loss can be devastating. The ability to hear is something we often take for granted, and if it is diminished, muffled, or lost, your life can change forever. It can become more difficult to work and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
People with hearing loss and tinnitus also frequently report a significantly reduced quality of life. Tinnitus commonly causes depression and anxiety, and hearing loss can dramatically impair relationships and day-to-day living.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our Tepezza hearing loss lawyers are working hard to help people who were harmed by this IV-administered drug. If you or someone you love were diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus after receiving it, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.