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Gradual Hearing Loss – The Causes

Contributed by Dolores Madden

22/06/2021 00:00:00 • 2 min read

The human body isn’t perfect, as it grows in age, simple things like the senses, sight, smell and even hearing may start to disappear. For example, when parts of the ears don’t work properly a person may start to experience. In this article we take a look at the common causes of hearing loss so you can be knowledgeable in avoiding it.

There are many meanings to the term, and it encompasses not just a person who is unable to hear completely. But the term by definition, also means hearing but just not hearing too well. The causes of hearing loss can be quite common sense, but there are a lot that are also unthinkable.

Birth defects is the most common cause of hearing loss as it is also the most prevalent form of birth defect among babies. The babies are born with malfunctioning hearing nerves, unformed eardrums or even have very small ear canals that lead to hearing loss. Birth defects are often permanent, but while some are very hard to manage, others can be treated easily with the use of hearing aids or in more extreme cases surgery.

Hearing loss can also be blamed on a person’s genetic makeup or body programming. The hearing loss gene, so to speak, can be passed down from parents to their children and grandchildren and so on regardless of whether the gene is dominant or not. Some people who have this genetic disability cannot hear a single thing while others are completely fine.

It is sometimes normal for people to have hearing loss when they are sick. Mumps, HIV and autoimmune diseases can have an adverse affect on hearing. However, while some illness can induce permanent hearing impairment and deafness, most do not and are only temporary.

Another common cause of hearing loss believe it or not, is medicines or medication. Some medications are known to damage parts of the ear permanently affecting a person’s hearing. There are certain antibiotics that have been proven clinically to cause hearing loss in a person.

Everywhere around us are chemicals in various forms, sizes and shapes and not all chemicals are safe as some can lead to hearing loss in a person. Ototoxic is simply defined as toxins that can damage the ear’s cochlea, auditory nerve and other ear parts. Under this group are some solvents, pesticides, solutions and the best way to avoid being affected by these is by avoiding the chemicals completely.

Trauma commonly also causes hearing loss in a person. Most common one being a blow to the head that was substantial enough to cause some sort of damage to the person’s ear. Being in a loud concert, living near an airport or working in a construction site are all examples of trauma that can affect hearing as well

Dolores Madden, Marketing Director and Senior Audiologist, ISHAA Board Member
In 1987, Hidden Hearing was established in Ireland. Dolores Madden joined the company two years later. In 2003, Dolores was appointed Marketing Director at Hidden Hearing. Hearing loss is the second most common health issue globally and overcoming the stigma of hearing loss is one of our biggest challenges. Dolores is on a mission to promote pro-active hearing healthcare, encouraging people to take annual hearing tests and treatment as necessary. Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, and other adverse impacts caused by untreated hearing loss.