A hearing loss can be attributable to many different factors. Perhaps the most obvious is Presbyacusis which is as a result of age. Typically this results in impairment to the ability to hear higher pitched sounds. There are many other factors that affect our ability to have good hearing, here’s some of them:

  • Heart or blood problems – any starvation of oxygen to the inner ear (cochlea) can impair it’s function permanently.
  • Ototoxic drugs – this even includes the likes of quinine so go easy on those gin and tonics.Wax – a build up of ear wax can block the ear canal.
  • Hereditary – some hearing losses run in the family.
  • Physical injury - such as a blow to the head can damage the internal physical mechanisms.
  • Perforated ear drum – insertion of grommets, poking anything into the ears which ruptures the eardrum (tympanic membrane).
  • Exposure to loud noise – sudden or prolonged loud noise levels.
  • Diseases and Viruses – Mumps, Otits Media. Many medical problems can affect your hearing, either temporarily or permanently.
  • Abnormal growths of bone or other tissue in the ear.

 

What should I do if I think I have a hearing loss?

The best thing to do is to get your hearing tested by a qualified hearing aid audiologist immediately. They will not only test your hearing levels but will also examine your ears. Most hearing losses occur gradually so may go undiagnosed for many years. If is good practice to get your ears checked every year.

If you have experienced a sudden hearing loss then waste no time in getting your hearing checked. Some conditions are treatable and it’s always best to identify problems sooner rather than later. Slater audiology  provides free hearing tests so contact us today to arrange one.