Hearing Loss Causes

What are some of the causes of hearing loss?

There are many different causes of hearing loss. Most people lose their hearing slowly as they age, many people beyond retirement age will have some degree of hearing loss, a condition known as presbycusis. This deterioration will occur at differing rates and some may not even notice they are missing important sounds. It is a progressive and irreversible nerve based hearing loss resulting from degeneration of the cochlea or associated structures of the inner ear.

Many different types of noise can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss, such as exposure to the noises in the armed forces or machinery at work in a factory or workshop environment, for example. Loud music, as well as less obvious sources such as equipment in the office or riding a motorcycle can cause hearing problems because of too much exposure to loud or continuous noise. Sometimes loud noise can cause a ringing, hissing, or roaring sound in the ears, called tinnitus. This may be temporary or permanent.

Hearing loss causes can also derive from viruses, bacterial infections, and a number of medical conditions such as measles, mumps, heart conditions, strokes or diabetes can cause or contribute to a hearing loss. Additionally, medicines used to treat illnesses such as chemotherapy for cancer can cause significant damage our hearing, as can social drugs.

Of course, wax is often thought to be a cause of hearing loss, but it is not to blame as often as you might think. At Healthy Hearing, we will examine your ears and our test procedure will identify whether wax is interfering with your hearing.

Some hearing loss causes can be hereditary and there are a number of genetic disorders that can result in problems.

A Hearing Aid Audiologist is not able to give a medical diagnosis as to the cause of your hearing loss, although after a thorough examination we will often have a very good idea. Understanding what has happened and whether it may continue to affect the future rate of deterioration is, however, very useful when prescribing a solution that will give longevity.

There is often a difference of opinion as to whether someone has a hearing loss.
Below are ten questions that will help you determine whether you, a friend or family member should have your hearing professionally tested.

1. Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?
2. Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?
3. Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?
4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?
5. Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?
6. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?
7. Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?
8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?
9. Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?
10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a professional hearing evaluation with Healthy Hearing.

What can I do?

There are a number of choices you can make regarding your hearing loss. The first and easiest step is to get your hearing tested. A hearing test is quick, simple and painless and in most cases the results are instant.

N.B. The material on this page is for general information only. It is not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes.

A doctor must be consulted for medical diagnosis and information and advice regarding medical solutions and treatment.