There are two main types of hearing loss: Conductive and Sensorineural. Each has markedly different causes and treatments.
Exposure to prolonged loud noises is a more common cause of hearing loss than age. (See pie chart below.) Noise can do more damage than you may think. And the risk is widespread. Every day, thousands of Americans expose themselves to noise levels that will almost inevitably lead to long-term hearing loss.**
Hearing loss usually occurs gradually over time, making it hard to notice until it has already become advanced. In addition, the brain develops compensation methods that make it difficult to perceive your true hearing ability in an objective way. That's why it's important to have a professional hearing examination. Our expert audiologists can help you through the process and analyze your results.
(Among all known causes: noise exposure, viruses, head trauma, aging, diseases, birth injury, drugs toxic to the auditory system, genetic syndromes and tumors.)
* Source: "Hearing Aid Devices - Market and Corporate Developments"
** Source: "League for the Hard of Hearing"