Causes of Hearing Problems

Hearing loss affects thousands nation and world wide every day in any means of subtle to noticeable ways. Some people are born completely deaf, some with severe impairment, and others with a mild buzzing in their ears here and there. Even other people develop loss as they grow older due to a myriad of reasons. These reasons can be caused by neurological, physical, and even outside forces and chemical means. Adults and children can develop loss partially or even completely in different manners as well. The following will discuss several of the most common causes of hearing impairment and how, if possible, they can be prevented or remedied.

There are two primary causes of loss. Firstly it can be caused by sound being unable to reach your inner ear. This is by far the more uncommon variety. The much more talked about variety is sensorineural, in which the fine, tiny hairs in your cochlea stop working. This can cause slow, gradual degradation, or even more severe, sudden and complete deafness. This can be caused by noise, leading audiologists and other doctors to invent the term “NIHL” meaning “Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.”

To understand Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, you must first understand the sound is normally measured in decibels, with 0 decibels(dB) being the lowest audible sound recognized by a fully functioning human ear. Normal noise level conversation is rated at about 60 dB, and a whisper at 30 dB. Noises above 85 dB are considered a risk for hearing loss if heard over long exposure. Hair dryers, even, at 90 dB, can cause a gradual impairment in hearing if exposed to the noise over a lengthy period on a constant basis. To avoid this, when attending concerts with loud noises, sporting events, or even in working environments involving power tools, loud engines, and other factors, attempt to wear earplugs. While this may seem counter-productive, especially in the case of a concert that you may want to hear in its fullest, earplugs come in different forms and varieties, from those that block out sound completely, to those that merely mute it slightly, allowing you to still hear without severely damaging your ear.

Other causes may be chemically induced. Certain medications cite loss of hearing as a possible side-effect. Taken over time, these may gradually cause deafness, while others can cause lack of hearing suddenly. Talk to your doctor about whether this could be prevented by taking an alternate suitable medicine, and what to do should you encounter these symtoms from taking this medication.

For children, ear infections and inflammations can cause temporarily loss, but even permanently if not resolved in an efficient manner. It is important to recognize if your child is experiencing ear pain. If they complain of headaches, frequently stick their fingers in their ears, or even in smaller infants, continue to cry and attempt to hit their heads, it is wise to take them to a doctor to check on their condition before it worsens.


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