Hearing loss can be caused by many different factors, but the most common causes of hearing loss are the following ones.
Your Guide to Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is common
Nearly 40 million Americans have hearing loss and this number is expected to rapidly climb over the next decade. It can happen gradually, making it difficult to self-diagnose. If hearing loss is affecting life, family, work or everyday interactions for you or a loved one, take our free hearing quiz.
What causes hearing loss?
Exposure to noise can affect hearing
Excessive noise exposure is the leading cause of adult hearing loss in the United States. In particular:
- Exposure to an extremely loud noise such as an explosion
- Continuous exposure to loud environmental or work sounds such as traffic, heavy equipment, drills, sirens, etc.
- Repeatedly listening to earbuds or headphones at high volumes
Related health conditions
Hearing loss is connected to many other health conditions throughout the body. While hearing loss may not be the cause of these diseases or conditions, it is considered a risk factor for many.
- Certain infections such as bacterial meningitis and mumps can cause hearing loss.
- Genetics may cause full or partial hearing loss at birth
- Family health history may indicate a pattern of hearing loss
Related diseases and risk factors include: Meniere's disease, tinnitus, heart diseases, dementia, thyroid disease and sleep apnea.
Aging deteriorates inner ear function
Tiny hairlike cells that help you hear die with age and do not regrow.
Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can lead to hearing loss.
Types of hearing loss
There are three main types of hearing loss, and treatment will often depend on the kind of hearing loss you have. Types of hearing loss include:
Sensorineural hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss
Signs of hearing loss
No matter what type of hearing loss you have, the symptoms largely look the same. Here are some common early signs of hearing loss to watch for. If you or a family member are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time for a hearing test.
You struggle to understand others
Loved ones complain about volume levels
You have trouble hearing in crowds
Your ears are ringing or buzzing
You're constantly saying "What?"
Treating hearing loss
Even mild hearing loss can negatively affect key areas of your life, including mental health, physical health and income. Untreated hearing loss is more noticeable to others than actually wearing hearing aids.
Today’s advanced hearing aids are very effective. Recent developments in technology have resulted in hearing aids that are easy to use, effective, and comfortable to wear. Hearing aids are very small, discreet and loaded with advanced technology to improve hearing in noisy environments and connect you with your smart phone and other devices like your TV and computer. Even hearing aids in the budget friendly price tiers have a wide variety of features. Manufacturers are constantly improving their hearing aids – all major hearing aid manufacturers now produce rechargeable hearing aids, with direct blue tooth connection, and improved moisture resistance.
Taking the next step
I might have hearing loss…
If you think you may have hearing loss or are experiencing any of the symptoms of hearing loss, you can take our quick and easy online hearing quiz to check to see if it may be time see a hearing care professional.
You can also contact us directly to find a hearing care provider near you and schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation.
I have hearing loss…
If a hearing loss professional has diagnosed you with hearing loss, we can help. The Union Plus hearing program through Amplifon Hearing Health Care gives you access to a free hearing exam and preferred pricing on hearing aids.
Ready to get started?
- Call us at (877) 583-7071. Our friendly and knowledgeable Hearing Care Advocates will help you find a hearing care provider near you.
- Your Hearing Care Advocate will also explain the details of the Amplifon Program and assist you with making an appointment.
- Amplifon will send you and your provider the necessary information to activate your Amplifon program.
I know someone with hearing loss…
What can you do?
- Be Compassionate - Denial is common among those with hearing loss; they may not want to admit they have a problem. Instead, listen and offer support while emphasizing ways they can proactively treat or manage hearing loss.
- Share Your Knowledge - Advanced technology and personalized care have made hearing aids incredibly effective, comfortable, and nearly undetectable. Help educate the individual about different types of hearing aids and how to find care.
- Minimize Anxieties - Seeking treatment for hearing loss can be overwhelming. Share some of the available resources like resources Direct them to available resources, like the guide to hearing loss and our hearing aids page. If you're able, offer support by attending appointments with them and encourage them to reach out to Amplifon if they have any questions about their hearing care program.