Extended exposure to loud noises is by far the most common reason for hearing loss. Loud noises knock off the tiny hairs inside the inner ear, these hairs are one of the most important parts of our physiology for hearing.
It is estimated that over thirty million citizens of the United States experience some form of hearing loss. Over a third of all all Americans over the age of seventy five also suffer from some kind of age related hearing loss. There are many different reasons for hearing loss though.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a form of hearing loss it is important that you find a method that works for you in order to deal with this problem. If you received your hearing loss from your field of work you may even be able to get industrial hearing loss compensation in order to help pay for the treatment. Jobs that may cause hearing loss can be farmers, construction workers, factory workers, and people serving in the military. There are many methods of dealing with your hearing loss, just about any of them will help you increase the quality of your life.
Any noise over eighty five decibels can be extremely damaging to your hearing. There are all kinds of common noises that can easily exceed this range. Some of the most common are motorcycles, snowmobiles, chain saws, the speakers at a rock concert, various kinds of sirens, get engines, and even gunshots. One of the most common problems that may cause hearing loss, especially for teenagers, is simply listening to loud music. This can become even worse if you are choosing to listen to loud music through headphones. Unfortunately this kind of hearing loss is irreversible. It is important to remember that even a more quiet noise if heard for a long period of time can be damaging. Even more damaging than an extremely loud noise for a short amount of time.
There are many other things that can cause hearing loss. Many infants are born deaf every year because of a hereditary disorder. You may also inherit a disorder that causes hearing loss that will not be shown until much later in life. There are other medical conditions that can lead to hearing loss. Among these are viruses, bacterias, heart conditions, strokes, and of course physical injuries to the inner or outer ear. Even a simple ear infection could permanently damage your hearing ability.