Top Causes of Severe Hearing Loss

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 23, 2015

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Severe hearing loss or deafness is referred to as hearing impairment. You may lose the ability to hear either suddenly or over time. Severe hearing loss can make anyone feel miserable, as they are no longer able to be a part of conversations and often withdraw from social situations.
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    What could be causing your Hearing Loss?

    Severe hearing loss or deafness is referred to as hearing impairment. You may lose the ability to hear either suddenly or over time. Severe hearing loss can make anyone feel miserable as they are no longer able to be a part of conversations and often withdraw from social situations. Pain in one or both ears, dizziness, ringing in the ears and pressure in one or both ears are symptoms of severe hearing loss. Hearing loss can happen for many reasons but occurs when there's a problem with the structure of the ear that processes sound.

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    Ear Infections

    One of the most common causes of hearing loss is ear infections. Fluid can build up in the middle ear during an infection. If ear infections aren't treated, there could be serious long-term problems such as hearing loss. Measles, mumps, tertiary syphilis, and meningitis are among other illnesses and infections that can cause hearing loss.

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    Loud Noise

    Loud noise can damage hair cells in the cochlea and lead to severe hearing loss. It can be sound of the loud music, airplanes or blare of power tools.

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    A Foreign Object in the Ear

    When an object gets stuck in the ear, it can interfere with your ability to hear. A foreign object in the ear can sometimes build up and harden in the ear, leading to hearing loss.

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    Perforated Eardrum

    Rupture in the ear drum, the membrane separating the ear canal and the middle ear, can leave a hole that may or may not heal. Perforated eardrum can occur because of ear infections, loud sounds, head trauma, or intense pressure in the ear.

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    Cholesteatoma

    Cholesteatoma is referred to as an abnormal growth of skin in the middle ear from either collapse of the ear drum or in skin growth through an ear drum perforation. These usually start small but grow over time to lead to hearing loss by destroying the middle ear bones.

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    Meniere’s Disease

    Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing in one of the ears. Dizziness, fluctuating hearing loss, ringing or fullness in the ear are some symptoms of the inner ear disorder. With time, hearing ability in Meniere’s disease usually gets worse.

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    Tumours

    Tumours – both cancerous and non-cancerous – can cause severe hearing loss. The most common tumours that are associated with hearing loss are acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma), paraganglioma and meningioma.

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    Age

    The structures in the ear become weak and less elastic with age. Older adults may get the tiny hair damaged, which makes them less able to respond to sound waves. Over time, the impairment can progress.

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    Other Causes

    Those born with poorly formed ear structures, injuries such as a skull fracture or a punctured eardrum can lose their ability to hear. Certain medications can also cause hearing loss. Hearing loss can be genetic as well; it often begins with hearing loss diagnosed at birth but can show up later.

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