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About Hearing
Loss

Causes, Signs, and Effects


Causes

Hearing loss can have many contributing factors including:

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Aging process
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Head or ear trauma
  • Congenital or hereditary factors
  • Disease

Signs

You may be experiencing hearing loss if…

  • You can hear people speaking but strain to understand their words
  • You turn up the TV volume so loud that it is uncomfortable for others
  • You find yourself complaining that people mumble
  • You cannot understand conversation in groups
  • You have difficulty hearing or understanding conversation in restaurants, or other noisy places
  • You find it easier to understand people when they look directly at you. You watch their lips to understand their words
  • You don't always hear the phone or doorbell ring clearly
  • It has become difficult to understand a speaker at a business meeting or church service
  • You often hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears

Effects

Hearing loss can affect your life in ways as small as missing out on conversations and as major as depression. If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and other unhealthy feelings and behaviors. The best way to deal with hearing loss is by treating it at the first sign of a problem. Visit one of our hearing centers where we can deal with any level of hearing loss and help minimize the effects.


 

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