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Hearing Loss Causes, Symptoms & Prevention

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the U.S. Explore hearing loss causes, symptoms, prevention methods and more to learn how to better take care of your ears.

In This Article:

  • The two largest causes of hearing loss are noise exposure and aging. Loud noises, even in small doses, can cause hearing damage over time.
  • There are three main types of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss affects the ear canal and/or middle ear space. Sensorineural is long-term hearing loss that can be caused by noise exposure and aging. It is also possible to have mixed hearing loss, or a combination of the two.
  • For conductive hearing loss, seek out an ear, nose and throat doctor to assess the condition. For sensorineural or long-term hearing loss, hearing aids are a common and useful treatment.

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