What is hearing loss?

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is the physical outcome that takes place when the ear, auditory nerves or hearing centers of the brain don’t function properly. Most people associate hearing loss with the natural aging process. While it’s true that some hearing loss comes with age, there are actually many causes of hearing loss that can affect people at any age.

Audiometric hearing is the ability to hear sounds, and problems with hearing range from mild to profound loss. At one end of the spectrum, you may only need to occasionally need to ask people to repeat themselves. On the other end, you may hear only a ringing sound, or even nothing at all. Hearing problems can occur before birth, or at any point from childhood to old age. It can happen suddenly, or develop gradually over time, often so slowly that you may not notice it for a long time. Hearing loss can also happen differently in each ear, which increases the complex interactions that can lead to auditometric hearing loss.

These are the four major categories of hearing loss:
1. Auditory Processing Disorders
2. Conductive
3. Sensorineural
4. Mixed.

Each individual that experiences hearing loss will have their own unique set of causes so it can be helpful to learn about all the possibilities to best protect and repair your hearing.

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