Hearing Loss

hearing lossHearing loss is an unfortunate issue that is attributed to several different factors. Not all hearing loss is permanent. Some hearing loss is a result of injury or ear infections and can be reversed. Permanent loss is unfortunate and may be a result of genetics. 1 in 2 people over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss (Mayo Clinic). You may also experience permanent hearing loss when you have consistent ear injuries such as a perforated eardrum or being around loud noises without earplugs. If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, know that you are not the only one. It is becoming more and more common, but there are ways it can be avoided unless contributed to genetic factors.

Hearing loss ranges from mild to severe.  Hearing loss is now the third most common health concern in America, and now nearly 36 million Americans report that they have hearing loss. Hearing loss can be a part of just getting older, but it affects your quality of life. In mild cases hearing loss is associated with excessive earwax and fluid build-up in the Eustachian tubes. In these situations, hearing loss is treated with antibiotics that rid you of the infection and removal of ear wax.

1 in 500 infants is born with hearing loss (CDC). Hearing loss in newborns may not be genetic. It could be a factor of infections during development. Hearing loss may also come from congenital deformities. Microtia and lop ears are two deformities that cause hearing loss but can also be fixed. Diagnosis of genetic hearing loss is not always made at birth. Sometimes with a genetic hearing loss, symptoms do not occur until adolescence.

Hearing loss is nearly inevitable as you age. When you are young, you do not consider how your lifestyle may affect your hearing in the future. Listening to loud music is common amongst teens and young adults. It may not seem like it at the moment, but that habit can lead to the onset of the hearing loss earlier in life. Hearing loss can be a genetic factor. Unfortunately, that is something you cannot help but hearing aids have become an excellent way to help those dealing with hearing loss. Other factors such as ear infections and injury typically bring temporary hearing loss and can usually be reversed. Hearing loss can affect your quality of life, but the good thing is you are not alone. If you have hearing concerns speak with a physician about it and take steps now to protect your ears from further damage.


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