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  • Writer's pictureDr. Brian James

What Causes Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve, which can be the result of a variety of factors. Here are some of the most common causes:

1 Aging: As we get older, the delicate hair cells in our inner ear can become damaged, leading to hearing loss.

2 Exposure to loud noise: Exposure to loud noises, such as music, machinery, or firearms, can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss.

3 Genetics: Some types of sensorineural hearing loss are inherited and can run in families.

4 Infections and illnesses: Certain infections, such as meningitis or mumps, can cause sensorineural hearing loss, as can illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.

5 Ototoxic medications: Certain medications, such as some chemotherapy drugs and antibiotics, can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, leading to hearing loss.

6 Head injuries: Traumatic head injuries can damage the inner ear or auditory nerve, leading to hearing loss.

It's important to note that sensorineural hearing loss is often permanent, but there are treatments available, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, that can help people with hearing loss to communicate and enjoy their lives. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, it's important to consult with an audiologist for evaluation and treatment options.

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