Symptoms of Hearing Loss
- Trouble understanding phone conversations
- Trouble hearing above background noise
- Trouble following a conversation when more than one person speaks at once
- Perception that people are not speaking clearly or mumbling
- Often misunderstanding what people say and responding inappropriately
- Often having to ask people to repeat themselves
- Frequent complaints by others that the TV is too loud
- Ringing, roaring, or hissing sounds in the ears, known as tinnitus
Factors that may damage your hearing or lead to loss include:
Exposure to sounds over the years can damage the cells of your inner ear.
Jobs where loud noise is a regular part of the working environment, such as farming, construction or factory work, can lead to damage inside your ear.
Exposure to explosive noises, such as from firearms and fireworks, can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss.
Your genetic makeup may predispose you to hearing loss.
Drugs, such as the antibiotic gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear.
Some illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, put ears at risk by interfering with the ears’ blood supply. Otosclerosis is a bone disease of the middle ear and Ménière’s disease affects the inner ear. Both can cause hearing loss.
Trauma that which involves a skull fracture or punctured eardrum, puts ears at serious risk for hearing loss.
Infection or Ear Wax
These can block ear canals and reduce hearing.