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Knowing the Causes of Hearing Loss

Knowing the Causes of Hearing Loss

There are a great deal of contributing factors when it comes to hearing loss, some more common than others. But it’s important to be aware of the triggers that may spur damage or rupture.

Inner Ear Damage

As you get older or are continuously exposed to atypically loud noises, the hairs and nerve cells in your inner ear can sustain long-term damage. When these are damaged or strained, high-pitched tones might become difficult to make out and background noise can muffle your ability to hear in group settings.

Earwax Buildup

One factor that may cause temporary hearing loss is a blockage of the ear canal by earwax, preventing sound waves from entering. It’s a quick-fix cause that can be remedied with earwax removal.

Ear Infection or Abnormalities

Infections, bone growths or tumors left untreated could cause you to sustain long-term hearing loss, whether they’re present in the inner or outer ear.

Eardrum Rupture

Loud noises, pressure changes or poking from a foreign object could cause rupture to your eardrum that causes hearing loss.

*From Mayo Clinic

And that’s not all

Additional causes of hearing loss can include:

  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Allergies
  • Malformation of the outer ear, canal or inner ear

*From Hearing Loss Association of America

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Posted by Tiffany Ring on Sep 11, 2015