Although the ageing process is by far the most common contributor to hearing loss, loss of hearing can happen at any stage of life and there are many other causes.
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Noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common form of hearing loss. It may happen gradually due to repeated exposure to loud noise, or it can happen suddenly due to exposure to extremely loud sound.
It may be that you have spent a large part of your career in a noisy environment (e.g. armed forces, musical career, construction). Or it may be that one of your hobbies leads to exposure to excessive noise levels (e.g. clubbing, shooting, listening to music through headphones).
Hearing loss happens when sound causes damage to the hair cells of the hearing organ (the cochlea). This is due to force of impact on the hair cells when the noise occurs and the damage can either be temporary or permanent.
The best thing you can do is to protect your ears but if it is too late and your hearing has already been affected then book a free hearing test and we will assess your level of hearing loss.
You can learn more about noise induced hearing loss here.
Genetic hearing loss can be present from birth and is referred to as congenital hearing loss.
Hereditary congenital hearing loss (from birth) can be caused by:
Congenital hearing loss is not always apparent straight away. Certain inherited genes may cause a delayed onset where a hearing loss develops over time.
Bacterial meningitis can cause any degree of hearing loss. People under 20 years old are at highest risk of been affected. Not only can bacterial meningitis cause hearing loss, the antibiotics used to cure it can cause it too.
It can result in the death of nerve endings in the cochlea which can vary from mild to severe hearing loss.
Tinnitus can also be a result from meningitis and hearing aids can sometimes relieve the symptoms. Read more on Tinnitus here.
Meniere's disease affects 1 in 1000 people in the UK. It can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of pressure in the ear.
The disease affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 with women being more affected. The symptoms can be treated individually and hearing aids are advised to relieve hearing loss as soon as the diagnosis has been made.
You can read more about Meniere's disease here.
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