What causes hearing loss?

Exposure to loud noise is the main cause of hearing loss, but there are other factors that can damage your hearing, including:

  • Ear and viral infections
  • Heredity factors
  • Certain antibiotics and medications
  • Chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Trauma
  • Wax buildup

Are there different types of hearing loss?

There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural and mixed.

Conductive hearing loss stems from problems in the middle ear, outer ear or both. The auditory nerve functions normally, but sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear.

Sensorineural hearing loss, located in the inner ear, is the result of damage to the auditory nerve and/or auditory hair-cells.

A combination of conductive and sensorineural factors results in mixed hearing loss.

Wouldn’t I know if I had hearing loss?

Not necessarily. Because of the gradual nature of hearing loss, many don’t realize they have it. In fact, it often takes a third party - a friend or family member - to convince the individual with hearing loss that there’s a problem.

Can I live with hearing loss?

Yes and no. While it is possible to live with hearing loss, doing so puts both your mental and physical health and quality of life at greater risk.

Hearing loss is linked to several life-threatening illnesses, such as heart and kidney disease, and increases the chances of developing psychological disorders, such as depression and Alzheimer’s.

Hearing loss also affects your quality of life by making it difficult to preserve your career and maintain relationships with family and friends.

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Do hearing aids work?

Yes. There is a common misconception that hearing aids don’t work. That belief stems from outdated technology and improper fittings. With the aid of an audiologist and the latest technology, hearing aids can dramatically improve your ability to hear speech and sounds.

Aren’t hearing aids a sign of old age?

No. Hearing aids are a sign of treatment for hearing loss, which affects individuals of all ages. In fact, recent trends suggest that hearing loss is becoming a problem for younger generations more than ever before.