Hearing Loss

More than three million Canadians have some degree of hearing loss that can be attributed to many different causes and disorders of the middle or inner ear. In one way or another, and at one time or another, it is likely that each and every Canadian will be affected by hearing loss.

Hearing loss occurs when hair cells lining the cochlea are damaged by sudden blasts of noise or continued unprotected expose to loud noise. For example, close proximity to an explosion, industrial workplace noise, or having the volume turned up too high for too long may cause damage to the hair cells in the cochlea, which is cumulative, permanent and irreversible. Other causes include disease, repeated ear infections, wax build-up, or abnormalities of the tiny bones of the ear.

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Dealing promptly with a suspected hearing loss will help identify available corrective measures, minimize its effects, and ensure the best possible communication strategies and quality of life.

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Conductive hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss
Mixed hearing loss
Central hearing loss

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Aging (presbycusis)
Congenital conditions
Heredity
Disease
Repeated ear infections

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Hearing health begins with screening for hearing loss at birth. The Hearing Foundation of Canada (THFC) demonstrates its commitment to this by promoting universal newborn hearing screening programs in all provinces.

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More than half of Canadians over the age of 65 will experience some degree of hearing loss. However, many people are now showing signs of hearing loss in their 30s and 40s!

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Early intervention is key to hearing loss prevention; even a casual test may help to recognize a potential issue. Here are some free tools that can be used to monitor your hearing health:

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