What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Depending on the cause, it can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
Congenital hearing loss means you are born without hearing.
Gradual hearing loss happens over time and can affect people of all ages.
If you have hearing loss, you may not be aware of it, especially if it has happened over time. Your family members or friends may notice that you're having trouble understanding what others are saying.
We measure hearing loss on a graph called an audiogram. (Image above)
What causes hearing loss?
In adults, the most common causes of hearing loss are:
Noise. Noise-induced hearing loss can happen slowly over time. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music or using a lawn mower, can damage the structures of the inner ear, leading to hearing loss over many years. Sudden, loud noises, such as an explosion, can damage your hearing.
Age. In age-related hearing loss, changes in the inner ear that happen as you get older cause a slow but steady hearing loss. The loss may be mild or severe, and it is always permanent. Other causes of hearing loss include earwax buildup, an object in the ear, injury to the ear or head, an ear infection, a hole in your eardrum, and other conditions that affect the middle or inner ear.
The information above is non-diagnostic and is presented for information purposes only.
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