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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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