What are the causes of hearing loss?


Hearing Loss - A Gradual Awareness

Millions of people of all ages suffer from hearing loss. It is a physical, not a mental health problem that can develop at any time. Most often, it is gradual and painless. People may not realize for several years that this problem is affecting them because it develops so slowly that at first it may be barely noticeable. It can inhibit people's ability to experience the sounds and voices around them, which affects their own lives and the lives of those around them.

There are many causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Aging
  • Long-term exposure to noise
  • Heredity
  • Illness
  • Reactions to medications
  • Injury