Hearing Loss: Causes, Signs, & Prevention
It is estimated 36 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss. More than half of which are younger than 65.
By definition, hearing loss is any degree of impairment of the ability to apprehend sound.
There are two main types you should understand however, a mixed diagnosis is possible, and involves a share of both types, affecting one or both ears.
Additionally, another common characteristic of the hearing loss is the rate of onset. This can occur gradually, suddenly, or have always existed. These characteristics often times garner an insight into the underlying cause.
Causes include exposure to excessively-loud noises; ear infections, trauma, or disease; damage to the inner-ear and ear drum from contact with a foreign object (cotton swabs, bobby pins, etc.); or illness, and even certain medications.
It is essential that the type and the rate of onset be discussed during your evaluation in order to determine what type exists.
Signs you may be losing your hearing include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty hearing people talk in a crowded room, or noisy environment
- People seem to “mumble” all the time
- Friends, family, and colleagues often have to repeat themselves
- You experience ringing, buzzing, or hissing in your ears (Tinnitus)
A patient needs to undergo a hearing evaluation which would include both a hearing test and an examination of a patient’s ear by our board-certified otologist, neurotologist, and audiologist.
Avoid a noise-induced hearing loss by using hearing protection near sounds louder than 85 dB, turn down the volume when listening to electronics, and other than hearing protection, avoid putting objects in your ears.
If you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms and are searching for relief, we’d love to help guide you through a proper treatment. For more information, visit our contact page and request an appointment.