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Hearing Loss Causes & Risks

Causes

Causes of conductive hearing loss include:

  • Impacted ear wax
  • Fluid in the middle ear
  • Ear infections
  • Perforation of ear drum
  • Stiff bones in the middle ear ( otosclerosis )
  • Injury
  • Loose or fractured bones in the middle ear
  • Missing bones from the middle ear due to previous surgery
  • Congenital anomaly causing complete closure of the ear canal (Atresia)
  • Tumors

Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:

Risk Factors

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

Risk factors for hearing loss include:

  • Family history
  • Aging
  • Meniere's disease
  • Not receiving all recommended immunizations
  • Repeated or poorly treated ear infections
  • Exposure to loud noise, music, or machinery
  • Use of certain antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs
  • Diseases that may result in blocked blood flow, including atherosclerosis , problems with blood clots, and collagen vascular diseases

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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