What’s Causing Your Hearing Loss?
Whether you just noticed that you no longer can hear the clock ticking, or you experienced sudden hearing loss, the key to getting treatment is determining what caused it in the first place. Sometimes all you need is a little earwax removed or some help draining fluid behind the ear.
The Most Common Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss happens when these tiny hairs are damaged. Often, this type of hearing loss is gradual, which is why many people associate it with aging. It’s thought that animals are able to regrow these hairs and regain their hearing when their cilia get damaged, but humans don’t seem to have this ability naturally.
Common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:
- Loud sounds
- Head injuries or other trauma
- Diseases like diabetes or autoimmune disease
- High blood pressure
- Some medications
Treatments for Sensorineural Hearing Loss
While there are no current medical treatments to heal cilia, you can successfully treat sensorineural hearing loss with hearing technology such as hearing aids.
Combination Hearing Loss
You may also have a mix of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. For example, you may have some damage to the cilia in your ear and have an obstruction in the canal. A hearing test can help your hearing specialist determine how to best treat your hearing loss and regain your quality of life.
Otosclerosis occurs when a small bone in your middle ear becomes stuck in place. The bone affected is typically the stapes, which can become immobile when bone tissues begin to develop it abnormally. This can cause hearing loss as the vibration of the stapes bone is necessary for healthy hearing. If the bone is unable to move, sounds will not be able to travel from your middle ear to your inner ear, which makes hearing difficult. The symptoms of otosclerosis are at their most extreme when sufferers are in their 30s and often include dizziness and tinnitus, in addition to hearing loss.