What are the causes of hearing loss?

Loss of hearing can occur gradually in older adults. Hearing loss may occur as the result of two defects as below:

*When sounds are unable to pass from your outer ear to your inner ear, often because of a blockage such as an ear wax or a build-up of fluid from an ear infection that interferes with the movement of the ossicles and eardrum (otitis media) or because of a perforated eardrum.

*When the sound is not picked up due to damage to the sensitive hair cells inside the inner ear or damage to the auditory nerve; this may occur with age or as a result of trauma. Persistent exposure to loud noise plays a role in this type of hearing loss.

It may be as a result of a combination of the above causes. Developmental malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures could contribute to hearing loss as well.
Drugs, such as the antibiotic gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs, can damage the inner ear. Some illnesses that result in high fever, such as meningitis, may damage the cochlea.

Meet with ENT Specialist to know more about hearing loss and its treatment:

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