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Hearing Loss Causes: What’s the Underlying Cause of This Public Health Concern?

Hearing loss is on the rise, and the effects can be devastating. Here are some of our most popular articles on hearing loss causes and how to protect your hearing.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

From passing a construction site just as they start to jackhammer the cement floor to cranking up the Stones while listening with earbuds, loud noises are a known enemy of good hearing health. Yet hearing loss has been linked to other causes from diabetes to over-the-counter drugs.

What’s Causing the Growth in Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is a growing public health concern. According to researchers, the number of adults over the age of 20 with hearing loss is expected to double by 2060. If the trends hold steady, more than 900 million will have some hearing loss by 2050. Even now, 1 in 5 adults report having either bi-lateral or single-sided hearing loss. Here’s how this breaks down across the population:

  • Age is one of the strongest predictors of whether an adult will lose their hearing, especially in adults older than 60. 1
  • Hearing loss among adolescents has grown 33 percent in the last few years. 2
  • Men are twice as likely to have hearing loss as women. 3

The Devastating Effects of Hearing Loss

Diminished hearing has been linked with cognitive decline, depression, an increase in accidents and other serious issues. Beyond that, losing your hearing may negatively affect your relationships and even your career prospects.

Single-Sided Hearing Loss: When Should I Worry?

The most common causes of single-sided (or unilateral) hearing loss are temporary, such as an ear infection or injury, however some types are caused by Meniere’s disease. Regardless of what’s causing your hearing loss, you should never ignore it.

How to Protect Your Hearing Health

One of the things hearing specialists find most frustrating about hearing loss is that it’s totally preventable. Taking care of your hearing goes hand-in-hand with taking care of your overall health. Here’s some advice on how to protect your hearing.

Exercises to Boost Your Hearing & Prevent Hearing Loss

Other Hearing Resources and Information

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