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Common Causes of Hearing Loss

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A lot of people assume that hearing loss is something that only impacts people as they get older. While hearing loss can occur as we age, it can happen due to several other reasons. If you suspect that you may have hearing loss, it is vital to get in touch with a hearing health professional as soon as possible so that they can test your hearing and get to the bottom of any issues that you may be experiencing. To help you understand hearing loss better, we will take a look at three of the most common causes of hearing loss. 

  1. Sensorineural hearing loss: Hearing loss can be either mixed, conductive, or sensorineural in origin. We will deal with sensorineural hearing loss first, as this is the most common. This happens when the hearing structure in the brain, hearing nerves, or the inner ear are damaged. It appears that sensorineural hearing loss is genetic, and many of the symptoms will start to appear in childhood. However, for most people, this will happen as they get older. This is because the tiny hair cells within the inner ear become damaged as we age, causing this type of hearing loss.
  2. Conductive hearing loss: Next, we have conductive hearing loss, which is hearing loss from damage to the middle or outer ear. This can also be caused due to some form of blockage. A buildup of earwax tends to be the main cause of issues like this. However, there can be other types of hearing loss that fall into these categories as well. This includes the likes of cholesteatoma and otosclerosis. 
  3. Mixed hearing loss: As the name indicates, mixed hearing loss is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. With this form of hearing damage, physical damage or an ear blockage can make the genetic or age-related hearing damage worse. When it comes to this sort of hearing loss, you essentially have two hearing problems, which makes your symptoms worse because you would not suffer as badly if you only had one of the two issues.

It is important to see a hearing health professional who can help you understand what type of hearing loss you have to get the most appropriate treatment for your requirements. 

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All in all, there are many different situations and causes of hearing loss, and if you do have any degree of hearing loss, the professional you see will be able to examine it and get to the bottom of it. It is important to look for a hearing health professional who has plenty of experience to make you feel comfortable. Take your time to read reviews that others have left, and we are sure you will have your hearing checked in no time and the best treatment for the sort of hearing loss you have encountered.