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Age-Related Hearing Loss Causes & Risks


There are several causes of presbycusis including:

  • Gradual degeneration of the eardrum or delicate structures within the inner ear (hair cells) due to age
  • Changes in the hearing nerve pathways in the ear leading to the brain
  • Repeated exposure to loud sounds, music, or equipment which can damage the fragile hair cells within the inner ear involved in hearing
  • Hereditary or genetic influences

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

The following factors increase your chances of developing presbycusis:

  • Family history of gradual hearing loss with advancing age
  • Use of certain medications, including aspirin, some antibiotics, and cancer medications
  • Certain health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure , diabetes , and other circulatory problems

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