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What causes hearing loss?

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There are two common reasons people start to lose their hearing:

  • Age: As you get older, the tiny hair cells in your inner ears slowly break down and can’t pick up sound vibrations as well as they used to.
  • Noise: A lot of loud sound over time can damage the hair cells in your ears.

From: 8 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Better Hearing Institute: "Preventing Hearing Loss," "Noise," "Seven effective habits to prevent hearing loss," "Prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss," "Signs of Hearing Loss."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "How to Remove Ear Wax."

Dobie, R. , August 2008. Ear & Hearing

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Better Hearing Institute: "Preventing Hearing Loss," "Noise," "Seven effective habits to prevent hearing loss," "Prevention of Noise Induced Hearing Loss," "Signs of Hearing Loss."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)."

Hearing Loss Association of America: "Living With Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "How to Remove Ear Wax."

Dobie, R. , August 2008. Ear & Hearing

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

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