Common Causes of Hearing Loss

Statistically, 20 percent of adults in the U.S. report some degree of hearing loss. By the time adults reach age 65, that number increases to about 30 percent. Although hearing loss is generally associated and more common in older people, the truth is that having difficulty hearing is a condition that affects people of all ages, including children. In fact, 30 school-aged children per every 1000 are hard of hearing or deaf. With so many different and common causes of hearing loss, the condition is one of the largest public health issues, at the top, right after heart disease and arthritis.

Hearing loss can happen slowly or over time and occur in either one or both ears. The causes of hearing loss are many. The most common cause is aging followed by ear or head injury, a blockage by an object, wax or swelling, ear infections, increased inner ear fluid, and over exposure to very loud noises. Hearing loss symptoms are instantly noticeable, such as the need to ask people to repeat what they say, having difficulty hearing in groups, failing to hear someone speaking from behind you, needing to turn up the volume on a television or radio, difficulty with phone conversations, difficulty hearing during a film at a theatre or at noisy restaurants, dizziness and a ringing or buzzing in the ears.

A hearing care professional can perform tests to determine if someone has a hearing loss and the type of loss it is. If the evaluation does determine a hearing loss, in many cases, it can be treated with hearing aids. Today, hearing devices are available in many shapes and styles. Each of the hearing aid options possess unique characteristics that make them most effective for specific types of hearing loss. Different hearing aid options offer styles that vary in their volume capability, their visibility to others, comfort and sound quality. An audiologist can help choose a solution to meet a client’s personal needs. For more information on the common causes of hearing loss, or to learn more about the types of hearing aids available at Metro Hearing in Phoenix, call (602) 639-4064 today.