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What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

Hearing loss often occurs gradually, with symptoms developing slowly over time. Often, you become so used to your diminished hearing that you don’t even realize there is a problem. Signs to look for include: having trouble understanding what others are saying, especially when background noise is present; frequently requesting that people repeat themselves; turning up the volume to levels others find uncomfortable when watching TV or listening to music; staying home rather than participating in social activities; suffering from tinnitus; and experiencing depression.

I thought only older adults experienced loss of hearing?

Hearing loss affects people of all ages; age-related loss of hearing is just one of many types.

What are the causes of hearing loss?

Loss of Hearing can be caused by a variety of factors. Natural aging and noise exposure are most common; other causes include trauma, impacted earwax, hereditary factors, ear infections, benign tumors and other abnormal growths, ototoxic medications, ruptured eardrum, and certain diseases such as meningitis and Meniere’s disease.

What are the different types of hearing loss?

Hearing loss may be categorized as conductive (the result of damage to the outer or middle ear), sensorineural (damage to the inner ear), or mixed (a combination of both types).

Can hearing loss be cured?

There is no cure for hearing loss. Certain types of conductive loss of hearing may respond to medical or surgical treatment, depending on the underlying condition. Sensorineural hearing loss is always permanent, though it can be successfully treated with hearing aids or other assistive listening devices.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids amplify sounds, enabling individuals with loss of hearing to understand and follow conversations more easily. They are an effective treatment solution for many types of hearing loss.

Can I prevent hearing loss?

Noise-induced Loss of Hearing, caused by exposure to excessive volume levels, can be prevented by wearing hearing protection when noise levels exceed 85 decibels (dB) for extended periods. Earplugs should be worn when attending concerts and sporting events, riding in or on a noisy vehicle and operating machinery or power tools. To prevent a ruptured eardrum, refrain from inserting objects into your ears, including cotton swabs and Q-tips.