Health History

shutterstock_95207869Symptoms 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:

Aging

Exposure to sounds over the years can damage the cells of your inner ear.

Occupational Noises

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.

Recreational Noises

Exposure to explosive noises, such as from firearms and fireworks, can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss.

Heredity

Your genetic makeup may predispose you to hearing loss.

Some Medications

Drugs, such as the antibiotic gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear.

Certain Illnesses

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

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.