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As I age, what can cause severe hearing loss?

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You may lose your hearing as you get older because of:

  • A single loud noise can damage hearing or being around loud noises for a long time.
  • Different conditions including ear infections, brain tumors, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, or Meniere’s disease.
  • Ear canals stopped up with earwax or an object stuck inside can keep you from hearing well.
  • A head injury can damage the inside of the ears.
  • Certain medications can damage your ear and cause hearing loss.

From: Severe Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

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