Causes and types of hearing loss

Understanding the factors behind hearing Loss

What are the factors that can cause hearing loss?

The causes of hearing loss can be different: from infection to exposure to noise, find here an overview on which are the common causes of a change in hearing.

Possible causes of Hearing Loss

  • Aging
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Genetics
  • Medication
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Earwax
  • Infection
  • Head trauma
  • Listening to loud music
  • Smoking, alcohol and being over weight

Hearing loss has many different causes and contributing factors. Some of the causes of hearing loss unfortunately we cannot avoid, like age related hearing loss and some that we do have some control over e.g. avoiding excessive exposure to loud noises.  Understanding what causes your hearing to change, can help you in deciding what you do next and whether hearing aids are an option you want to consider.

Changes in your hearing can be a gradual process or it can be a sudden change. Identifying hearing loss is not always that easy and other people may notice changes before you do.

At Amplifon we are here to help determine which hearing loss you have, how it was caused and what can be done to help. 

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Types of hearing loss

  • Hearing loss in one ear
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • High frequency hearing loss
  • Unilateral hearing loss
  • Hearing loss after ear infection
  • Ear infection 
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