Causes of Hearing Loss
It is thought that almost half of the people in the United States over the age of 65 have some amount of hearing loss. But what causes hearing loss, and what can you do to prevent it?
The bad news
The bad news is that most types of hearing loss aren’t reversible. And, many times, hearing loss isn’t preventable. It may be hereditary, a result of aging, or it may come on after an illness with a high fever or damage to the inner ear. It can also happen because of a rupture of the eardrum, which can happen after a very loud noise or a sudden change in pressure.
The good news
The good news is that there is more good news than bad news! For one thing, if you do have hearing loss, there is help available so that you can hear better. The other good news is that there are some steps you can take to prevent hearing loss.
- Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, such as gunshots, loud concerts, and loud work environments. Ear protection can help protect hearing, and it’s important to wear it even if you’ll only be exposed to loud noises for a brief amount of time.
- Turn the music down. If you are going to a concert, there’s not much you can do about how loud the music is (except for wearing ear protection), but if you are at home or in your car you can protect hearing by keeping the volume for music and the television low (if others complain of how loud your music is and you didn’t even notice this, this may be a sign you should see your doctor).
- Get hearing tested regularly, especially if you work in a noisy environment.
- See your doctor as soon as you notice any hearing loss. It is possible the problem is as simple as a build-up of earwax and that your hearing may be fine after its removal.
There can be many reasons for hearing loss, but there is also help available. Call Lakeside Allergy ENT for any questions about your hearing or to schedule an appointment. Lakeside Allergy ENT has offices in Rockwall, Forney, and Wylie – call (972) 771-5443 today!