Common Causes of Hearing Loss
Hearing News • March 6, 2019
“Sometimes a hearing problem may be as a result of a simple blockage, for example impacted earwax. This is particularly common in those who wear hearing aids.”
Steven McCluskey, Audiologist
The most common causes of hearing loss can be attributed to age or to exposure to very loud noises, however, there are other factors that can affect your hearing.
Here are some of the conditions, behaviours and medications that are associated with damaged hearing:
• Viral or bacterial infections can have a sudden impact on hearing, leading to permanent damage if not treated quickly. Ear infections, colds and upper respiratory tract infections can all cause hearing loss but prompt treatment can minimise the risk of permanent damage
• Some medications can cause hearing damage, these include some anti-malaria medication, some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs. However, even over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin have been linked with hearing loss or tinnitus when taken at high doses or over long periods of time
• Various health conditions can cause damage to hearing. For example, in people with diabetes the blood vessels supplying the inner ear can be affected. For those with osteoporosis the tiny bones inside the ear may be damaged. Similarly high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol have also been linked to the increased likelihood of hearing loss
• Sometimes a hearing problem may be as a result of a simple blockage, for example impacted earwax. This is particularly common in those who wear hearing aids
• Those who smoke cigarettes are one and a half times more likely than non-smokers to develop high-frequency hearing loss, which makes understanding speech very difficult
If you are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or have any concerns about your hearing the best thing you can do is to seek attention quickly, since this provides the best opportunity for any permanent damage to be minimised.
Remember, if you are experiencing symptoms don’t just ignore them and hope that they will resolve themselves, we at Thompson Hearing Services can help you!
If you would like a hearing test, or if you wear a hearing aid and don’t feel it is as effective as it once was, then contact us at Thompson Hearing Services and one of our first-rate hearing care specialists will advise you.
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