Hearing loss may be caused by a number of factors. This can include:
- Old age
- Exposure to noise
- Birth complications
- Trauma to the ear
- Certain medications or toxins
Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent and can affect all age groups.
Hearing loss may be gradual such as people who are in later life. Common symptoms of people with gradual hearing loss notice things such as difficulty hearing the TV or a conversation in a noisy environment.
Viral infections of the inner ear can also cause hearing loss to occur all of a sudden.
Another common effect of hearing loss is continual ringing in the ear which is caused by conditions such as tinnitus.
If you feel that your hearing is getting worse then you need to make an appointment with your GP.