What's Causing My Hearing Loss?
By ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia
May 01, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: hearing loss  

Have you noticed a change in your hearing? Our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Thomas Phillips, Dr. Ronald Allen, and Dr. Theodore hearing lossKanne, share information on several causes of hearing loss.

Loud noises

Exposure to loud noises is a common cause of hearing loss. The problem may occur if you spend long periods of time in a noisy environment and don't wear ear protection, but may also happen after sudden exposure to a very loud noise, such as an explosion. Sounds above 85 decibels can damage the hair cells in your ear and eventually cause them to die. Unfortunately, once cells die, they don't grow back.

Otosclerosis

Otosclerosis is an inherited condition that causes abnormal bone growth in the ears. As a result, the bones can't vibrate freely, and hearing loss or ringing in the ears may occur.

Ear wax accumulation

Hearing loss isn't a sign of a serious condition. In some cases, it may occur if ear wax becomes impacted in your ear canal. Fortunately, wax can be easily removed during a visit to our Valdosta office.

Head Injuries

Damage to your head or brain may also lead to hearing loss. If you've had a hole in your eardrum or damage to your middle ear or had a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury in the past, you may be more likely to develop hearing loss.

Age-related hearing loss

Difficulty hearing is a common symptom of aging that occurs due to hair cell death or damage or changes in the nerves that lead from the ears to the brain. Signs of age-related hearing loss include trouble following conversations in person or on the telephone and difficulty hearing the dialogue in TV shows or movies.

Meniere's disease

Meniere's disease causes hearing loss, pressure in the ears, dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears). Although it's not clear what causes Meniere's disease, allergies, viral infections, fluid drainage issues, migraines, or head trauma may play a role.

Otolaryngologists offer treatments and devices, such as hearing aids, that can improve your ability to hear. Call Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Phillips, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Kanne, at (229) 244-2562 to schedule your appointment.

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