At some point in our lives we will all experience hearing loss in one form or another and some will experience it at an earlier stage than others. So the question most of us have is “What causes this hearing loss?” There really is no one solid answer for this question since many things play a roll in it but with the help of articles from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) we’ll try to cover a few of the common ones.
Hearing loss in adults can either be inherited from your parents or acquired from illness, ototoxic (ear-damaging) drugs, exposure to loud noise, tumors, head injury, or the aging process. This loss may occur by itself or with tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Loud Noise – This can cause permanent hearing loss called noise-induced hearing loss. Listening to loud noise for long periods of time can damage the hair cells in the inner ear. Noise-induced hearing loss usually develops gradually and painlessly. A single exposure to an extremely loud sound such as an explosion can cause a sudden loss of hearing known as acoustic trauma.
Sometimes a tumor can cause hearing loss known as Acoustic Neuroma. Symptoms can include hearing loss or ringing in one ear accompanied by a feeling of fullness. Treatment for acoustic neuroma is medical.
Injuries to the Head – Severe injuries to the head such as skull fractures, a hole in the eardrum, damage to the middle ear structures, along with other injury can result in hearing loss.
Presbycusis – This is a sensorineural hearing loss that occurs gradually later in life. The condition affects hearing in both ears over time. Speech begins to sound muffled or unclear because the ability to hear high pitch sounds is the first to go. Rhyming mistakes can occur—for example, the high-pitched sound /t/ in the word tin is heard as /f/ in the word fin, causing confusion: “The roof is made of tin” is heard as “The roof is made of fin.” Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults.
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