Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of factors and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s causing your hearing loss. Your hearing and health history, along with the results of your hearing evaluation, will help provide this information, and together we’ll find out what caused your hearing loss. Knowing the cause of your hearing loss will help you make the best decision when it comes to treating your hearing loss.

The most common causes of hearing loss include:

  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Exposure to loud noise (such as loud music, occupational noise, or dangerously loud leisure activities)
  • Head injury or trauma
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Infection or illness (such as otitis media – an infection of the middle ear in which an accumulation of fluid may interfere with the movement of the eardrum and ossicles)
  • Impacted earwax (buildup of earwax blocking the ear canal)
  • Autoimmune inner ear disease
  • Malformation of the outer or inner ear
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Ototoxic Medications
  • Tumors
  • Allergies
  • Poor eustachian tube function
  • Otosclerosis
Common Causes of hearing loss