There are many different causes of hearing loss. It can be hereditary or just be a part of the aging process. It can be triggered by a blast of loud noise, infections, and the effects of toxins or by injury
BUT: now, there are solutions to successfully correct most types of hearing loss.
- Below we will mention the most common causes of hearing loss and its risks and what you can do to prevent hearing loss.
CAUSES AND TYPES OF HEARING LOSS
Hearing loss can be a result of many different factors. Here are the most common hazards for your hearing
Aging: Degeneration of inner ear structures occurs over time.
Loud noise: Exposure to loud sounds can damage the cells of your inner ear. Damage can occur with long-term exposure to loud noises, or from a short blast of noise, like from a gunshot.
Excessive noise at work: Noise levels should not exceed 85 dB. If it is higher, try to reduce the noise, or wear ear protection. Even noise-reduction measures such as fitting carpeting or wallcoverings can reduce noise pollution inside rooms.
Recreational noises: Exposure to explosive noises, such as from firearms and jet engines, can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss. Other recreational activities with dangerously high noise levels include snowmobiling, motorcycling, carpentry or listening to loud music.
Some medications: Drugs such as the antibiotic gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear. Temporary effects on your hearing — ringing in the ear (tinnitus) or hearing loss — can occur if you take very high doses of aspirin, other pain relievers, antimalarial drugs or loop diuretics.
Foreign bodies in the ear: Never use cotton buds – the damage they cause far outweighs the benefits. Cotton buds often do not remove ear wax but instead push it deep into the ear canal right in front of the ear drum. This increases the risk of an ear infection, especially for children. Another side-effect of cotton buds can be an increase in the production of ear wax. The same applies to handkerchiefs, corners of towels, fingers, etc. Instead, clean your ears carefully with water when taking a shower, etc
Disease and infection: Ear infections are usually bacterial in origin, and occur mostly in children. Great care should be taken in these cases, and there should be no delay in seeking treatment. Even washing with impure water can trigger an ear infection, and this can lead to a loss of hearing. Some childhood illnesses such as measles, whooping cough and mumps can cause deafness. Parents should get information on vaccinations in good time.
Lack of knowledge: Educate your children at a young age about their hearing and its delicacy. Be aware that toy guns and some electronic games can also be hazardous for hearing.