Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital offers advanced diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss by a team of specialists, providing comprehensive care and tailored treatment plans for patients. Hearing loss is the reduced ability to hear sounds
Common Causes of Hearing Loss
Age-Related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis): Gradual hearing loss due to aging, typically starting in the 60s or 70s.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as industrial machinery or loud music, can damage the inner ear’s hair cells.
Earwax Blockage: Accumulated earwax can impede sound waves from reaching the eardrum, causing temporary hearing loss.
Ear Infections: Infections like otitis media or otitis externa can lead to temporary hearing loss if they affect the middle or outer ear.
Perforated Eardrum: A tear or hole in the eardrum, often caused by infections or trauma, can result in hearing loss.
Genetic Factors: Inherited genetic mutations can lead to congenital hearing loss or early-onset hearing problems.
Head Injury: Traumatic head injuries, such as skull fractures, can damage the auditory system and cause hearing loss.
Meniere’s Disease: An inner ear disorder characterized by fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Acoustic Neuroma: A benign tumor on the vestibular nerve can affect hearing and balance.
Autoimmune Diseases: Conditions like autoimmune inner ear disease can cause sudden, rapid hearing loss.
Cardiovascular Conditions: Problems like high blood pressure or atherosclerosis can impact blood flow to the inner ear, leading to hearing issues.
Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetes may contribute to hearing loss due to damage to blood vessels and nerves in the ear.
Neurological Disorders: Conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) or stroke can affect the auditory pathways and cause hearing deficits.
Identifying the cause of hearing loss is crucial for appropriate treatment, which may include hearing aids, medical interventions, cochlear implants, or management of underlying conditions. Seeking prompt evaluation by an audiologist or ear specialist is essential for proper diagnosis and care.