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What Causes Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss occurs gradually as we age, and advancing age is the most common cause of hearing loss. One out of three people age 65-74 has some level of hearing loss. After age 75, one out of every two people will experience hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss may include:
  •     Muffling of speech and sounds
  •     Difficulty understanding words against background noise
  •     Asking others to talk slowly, clearly and loudly
  •     Turning up the volume to be able to hear the radio or TV
  •     Avoiding social situations
Besides aging, hearing loss can also be caused by:
  • Exposure to loud sounds that can damage the cells of your inner ear. This damage can occur with long-term exposure to loud noises, or from a short exposure, such as from a gunshot.
  • Genetic susceptibility to hearing loss.
  • Occupations where loud noise regularly occur in the working environment, such as construction or factory work.
  • Exposure to noise from firearms, jet engines, concerts, fireworks, etc.
  • Certain medications, such as the antibiotic gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear.
  • Some diseases or illnesses such as meningitis, may cause high fever, resulting in damage the cochlea.
There are steps you can take to prevent noise-induced hearing loss and to avoid making age-related hearing loss worse, including:
  • Protect your ears from loud or continuous noise at work by wearing hearing protection
  • Have your hearing to detect early hearing loss. Knowing you've lost some hearing means you're in a position to take steps to prevent further hearing loss
  • Use caution during high risk activities, such as motorsports, hunting and loud concerts by wearing hearing protectors or taking breaks to avoid long periods of exposure
  • Turn down the volume when listening to music
If you are a family member is having difficulty hearing, Parkway Family Physicians can provide hearing and vision screening. Call 651-690-1311.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:58

The Facts About Tinnitus

If you regularly experience the sensation of ringing or whistling sounds in your ears you have a very common condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus affects approximately 50 million Americans and for most people it is just an annoyance and not a serious problem. However, for some tinnitus can cause problems like sleeplessness and difficulty concentrating.

The Causes of Tinnitus

While tinnitus is sometimes associated with loss of hearing, many people with tinnitus experience no hearing loss and some may even become more sensitive to sound.

The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing that has been damaged by exposure to loud noise, which can cause permanent damage to the cochlea in the inner ear. Because even a single exposure to loud noise can damage the ear and cause tinnitus, it's important to protect your hearing when you're near loud music, power equipment, gunshots, aircraft engines and other loud noises.

Other common causes include:

  • Earwax buildup of wax and ear infections
  • Many drugs (Over 200 prescription and nonprescription drugs list tinnitus as a potential side-effect)
  • The aging process
  • Meniere's disease
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Cardiovascular disease, circulatory problems and high blood pressure
  • Stress and fatigue

If you're concerned about tinnitus or have other hearing problems, speak with your doctor.

 

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