Reason for Hearing Loss
January 13, 2017
You’re not alone..
- Hearing loss happens to most people naturally as they age. Our hearing ability worsens from our 30s or 40s and onwards and when we reach our 80s, more than half of us suffer from significant hearing loss. Age-related loss of hearing is called Presbyacusis. Hearing loss can also occur for a number of other reasons including, over exposure to loud noise, medication use, infection, head/ear trauma, congenital or hereditary factors, or disease.
- The second leading cause of hearing loss is prolonged to exposure to loud noise. Sounds you've likely encountered during your life can easily damage your hearing if they measure above 85 decibels, that includes sounds such as lawnmowers, headphones, snowmobiles, concerts, gunshots and fireworks. The longer you are exposed to noises like these over your life, the more damage your hearing sustains.
- Some of the lesser talked about causes of hearing loss may surprise you. Use of some antibiotics or frequent ear infections can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Recent studies have also linked obesity, diabetes and smoking to increasing risk of hearing loss.
- Fortunately, 90-95 percent of all hearing loss can be improved with hearing instrument.