Causes of Hearing Loss

Overexposure to noise is the most common preventable cause of hearing loss and is one that is within our ability to control.

Hearing loss has many other causes including:

  • Aging (presbycusis)
  • Congenital conditions
  • Prenatal conditions, such as fetal alcohol syndrome or conflicting parental blood types
  • Heredity
  • Disease
  • Repeated ear infections
  • Wax build-up
  • Trauma to the head or ears
  • Tumors (acoustic neuromas)
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Chemical/toxic damage to the ear (ototoxicity)
  • Abnormalities of the tiny bones of the ears