Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can occur at any age and there are so many potential causes that is important to have your hearing assessed by an audiologist so  the appropriate treatment can be determined. Some hearing losses can be treated medically, while others can be addressed with hearing aids. We serve clients throughout Bedford and Halifax and we have the expertise to help you.

 

These are the main causes of hearing loss:

  • Genetics

  • Age

  • Occupational injury

  • Prolonged exposure to noise

  • A sudden exposure to extreme noise

Inherited Hearing Loss (Genetics)

Hereditary hearing loss varies widely from person to person. It may be present from birth, or it may develop slowly. Its severity can range from mild to profound and may involve dysfunction of the physical mechanisms of the ear, of the neural pathways involved in hearing, or both. 

Age-Related Hearing Loss

As we age, most of us experience a gradual loss of hearing. It occurs slowly over time, which sometimes makes it difficult for us to notice that it’s happening. It may be that others notice it first. Often, it means that voices can be heard, but not always understood.

Occupational or Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise, or in some cases, a single event involving exposure to extreme noise. People who have sustained a noise induced hearing loss may notice

  • Ringing or buzzing in their ears

  • Difficulty hearing speech clearly (voices may sound muffled)

  • Difficulty hearing conversation in a group or in the presence of noise

 

People who are habitually exposed to hazardous noise levels at work or through hobbies should be vigilant about protecting their ears to avoid sustaining or aggravating a noise induced hearing loss. 

Sudden Hearing Loss

Sometimes people experience a sudden, dramatic hearing loss for seemingly no reason at all. When this happens, it is important to seek advice from an audiologist as soon as possible so treatment can be administered in a timely manner. If it is addressed quickly, these hearing losses will often resolve themselves.

These are the most common causes of hearing loss, while some people may develop hearing loss related to illness, medication, or head injuries.