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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of hearing loss

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of hearing loss

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of hearing loss

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of hearing loss

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Incidence, age and sex

Hearing loss in adults is not a common condition in the general population. It can occur at any age and no gender bias is obvious. However, it is physiologically more common in older adults.

Signs and symptoms

Hearing loss can either affect one or even both ears depending upon the underlying cause and it can either be partial or complete. Hearing loss can be of two kinds - namely ‘conductive’ and ‘sensori-neural’ hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss results in disruption in the conduction of sound between external and middle ear. This usually affects one ear and is reversible in most of the conditions. Sensori-neural hearing loss results from damage to inner ear or auditory nerve. Auditory nerve is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses between brain and inner ear. The occurrence of hearing loss is mostly slow in onset but sudden onset may also be seen in few instances. The appearance of associated clinical features like ear pain and ringing in the ears depend upon the underlying ear ailment.

Diagnosis

It is advisable to consult an ear specialist who shall conduct a comprehensive ear examination including hearing tests. The measurement of hearing impairment is assessed by amount of degree of loss in decibels.

Causes and prevention

There are various causes of hearing loss like infection of external, middle or inner ear, perforation of ear drum and ear wax. Traumatic cause like fracture of skull may also lead to hearing loss in an individual. Not only this, damage to auditory nerve may result in sensori-neural deafness. Regular cleaning or ear wax may prevent conductive hearing loss which occurs due to clogged ear canal.

Complications

The complications of hearing loss usually arise from underlying ailments. Hearing loss in itself may hamper an individual’s work and social life.

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