Causes of Hearing Loss
There are many causes of hearing loss. Some hearing loss is hereditary (due to genetic causes) or congenital, i.e. the person was born with the condition (for e.g. hearing loss that forms part of a syndrome). The majority of hearing loss is acquired. Possible causes include aging, noise exposure, infections (e.g. meningitis, mumps), accidents (trauma) and disease (e.g. Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis).
Sudden hearing loss comes on abruptly or over the course of a few days. In some cases it is essential to treat the condition as soon as possible. If you think that you have suffered a sudden hearing loss, see an Audiologist immediately
Damage to different parts of the ear results in different types of hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to the outer or middle ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to the inner ear.
Mixed hearing loss Conductive hearing loss is the result of an abnormality, disease or damage to both the conductive hearing system (the outer or middle ear) and the inner ear.
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