5 Common Causes of Deafness

Posted by:gulf onDecember 30, 2015

Music, movies, speeches, conversations-you use your ears to enjoy these different things. You love to listen to your favorite singer as you cook dinner. May be you play movies at home just to have background noise. Or perhaps you revel in gossip with your best friends.

Recently, though, you’ve had a harder time hearing. You have to ask your colleagues or family members to repeat what they say. You even have to turn up the volume on your T.V. or stereo. So, you start to worry that you might be going deaf. You haven’t taken care of your ears as well as other parts of your body, and you feel a little anxious.

To calm your concerns and to provide you with the answers you seek, we’ve listed the five most common causes of deafness below.

1. Noise

In a previous blog, we mentioned how noise at work impacts your hearing. And in our most recent post, we discussed the effects of headphones on hearing. Otolaryngologists, or ENTs (ear, nose, and throat doctors), found that excessive levels of loud noises damage different parts of your ear.

Read through the two blogs listed above to learn more about how noise impacts your hearing.

2. Genetics

Think about your parents, grandparents, and even your great-grandparents. Have any of them suffered from deafness? If so, then your genes might play a factor in your hearing loss. In fact, as ENTs have studied this hearing condition, they found that genetics lead to roughly half of all cases in children.

To determine if a person’s genetics have caused deafness, medical experts conduct audiologic, otologic, and physical tests on the individual. Then, these doctors review these test results along with the person’s family history.

3. Age

If your genetics don’t factor into your hearing loss, then your age probably does. As you age, the cells and nerves in your inner ear change and wear down. And with this deterioration comes age-related deafness.

ENTs state that many individuals develop this form of hearing loss (also known as “presbycusis”) around the time they turn 40. This condition worsens over time, and by the time these individuals turn 80, they may experience significant hearing loss.

4. Infections or Illness

Sometimes ear infections or other medical conditions cause temporary deafness. Depending on the condition’s severity, permanent deafness may result. Common infections or viruses that generate deafness include:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ear infections
  • Encephalitis
  • Measles
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Meningitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Mumps
  • Otosclerosis
  • Rubella
  • Stroke

If you have a difficult time hearing and you suffer or have suffered from any of these listed illnesses or infections, talk to your primary care physician. He or she can perform different tests to determine if these medical conditions led to your hearing difficulties.

5. Damage to Your Ear

Sometimes damage to any part of your ear or head instigates deafness. For example, if you were involved in a car accident and hit the side of your head, you may have harmed or burst your ear drum. As a result, you’ll notice some hearing loss-either minor or major, depending on injury’s severity. Sports injuries or any other impact to your ears or head can also lead to similar results.

As you continue to investigate deafness, keep these causes in mind. If you have a hard time hearing, turn to a medical expert for assistance. He or she will recommend different options and treatments to combat deafness, including hearing aids.

And if you aren’t sure which hearing aid best suits your lifestyle, talk to a hearing aid specialist. These professionals can help you find the right device for your needs.

Source: http://www.heardenver.org/blog/5-common-causes-of-deafness

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