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Hearing Loss Causes & Reasons - What to Avoid

The sense of hearing is something that people tend to take for granted. Just like walking, hearing is something that many of us do each and every day. We hear the music that is playing on the radio, we hear the kids jabbering in the back seat, we hear the weather man report the forecast. Almost like breathing, we do not think about hearing regularly; in fact it is only when a problem has arisen that the function even crosses our minds.

Hearing loss can happen in a person of any gender, any age, any race. Although hearing loss does tend to be more prevalent in older Caucasian men, there is not always a cut and dry reason for its occurrence. Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual, short-term or long-term.

The symptoms of hearing loss can consist of:
  • Difficulty understanding a person speak, particularly when background noise is present
  • Inability to hear the television
  • A habit of asking someone to speak up
  • Avoidance of social activities due to the lack of capacity in recognizing speech
  • A tendency to look at a person's mouth as they speak so that you may better understand the words being spoken
Some of the causes of hearing loss include: There are steps you can take to help avoid hearing loss. In particular, avoiding loud noises—especially those that are repetitive—is a good start. This can be done by keeping your electronics turned down and wearing earplugs or headphones in the presence of persistent loud noise. Other steps you can take include:
  • having your hearing checked regularly
  • giving your ears the rest—you should not consistently expose them to sound without a break
  • keeping cotton swabs, fingers and other objects of the ear canal
  • being mindful of your overall health
  • How Loud Music Damages Your Ears A comparison of noise levels as well as a guide that walks you through hearing loss.
  • UC Davis Health System What to avoid for healthy hearing.
  • University of Rochester Medical Center How to reduce or avoid losing your hearing.
  • Proper Use of Headphones An article explaining how headphones can prevent hearing loss.