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Are you at risk for hearing loss?

It’s easy to take your hearing for granted. But did you know that one in eight people in the United States over the age of 12 has hearing loss in both ears? Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S., affecting your quality of life and relationships. Read on to learn more about hearing loss and if there’s anything you can do to prevent it.

Causes

Aging and exposure to loud noises are two of the most significant factors in hearing loss. Almost half of the population over the age of 50 experience some degree of hearing loss. And continual exposure to loud sounds can damage your cochlea, which is the hearing organ. This causes hearing loss and difficulty understanding speech. Illnesses, trauma to the head or ear, medications, tumors and genetic conditions may also cause hearing loss.

Risk factors

Depression, poor health, strained relationships, withdrawal from relationships and an association with dementia are all risk factors for hearing loss.

How to prevent hearing loss

While you can’t prevent aging or a genetic condition, you can prevent hearing loss by watching your noise exposure. Wear good hearing protection to protect your hearing around loud noises. Your doctor can make recommendations on hearing protection if necessary.

Slow progression

Hearing loss usually progresses at a gradual rate, which means you may not realize you have hearing loss until a friend or family member makes a comment. If you have sudden hearing loss from an infection, you should seek medical attention. This hearing loss can be reversed if treated promptly.

When to see the doctor

If you believe you may have hearing loss or experiencing dizziness or drainage from the ear, get evaluated by an ear, nose and throat physician. In addition to looking at your medical history, a comprehensive hearing test will determine if you have hearing loss and the extent of it.

If you are concerned about hearing loss and the health of your ears, call (512) 601-0303 today to schedule a consultation at our office in Austin, TX.

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