Hearing loss is a common health condition that affects millions of Americans in all age groups and occurs when any part of the ear is not working the way it should. There are different types of hearing loss with many different causes. Just like vision, hearing ability and loss levels will be unique in every person. Depending on the cause, the loss may not be reversible. Knowing about your type of hearing loss is the key to treating it successfully and improving your hearing.
The most common causes of hearing loss are age and exposure to harmful noise levels. However, many types of hearing loss can also occur as a result of infection during gestation, infection of the middle ear, head injury, perforated eardrum, some cancer treatments and certain medications.