Hearing loss has many different causes and contributing factors. Age related hearing loss is the most common. Hearing loss can also be caused by excessive exposure to loud noise. Any change in your hearing is usually a gradual process. For this reason, identifying hearing loss is not always that easy and other people may notice changes before you do. If you experience a sudden change in your hearing you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor and arrange a hearing test.
Some types of hearing loss can be treated, so it’s important to get your hearing tested to pinpoint any problems early. Understanding what causes your hearing to change can help you in deciding what you do next and whether hearing aids are an option you want to consider.
What does it mean if your hearing is muffled?
If your hearing is muffled or you are struggling to identify everyday sounds, you may be experiencing hearing loss. Your ears may feel blocked, or you may notice that people sound like they are mumbling when they speak to you. If others have commented on your hearing or you have noticed a change, book a free hearing check to understand your hearing health. At Bay Audiology we are here to help determine which type of hearing loss you have, how it was caused and what can be done to help.
Causes of Hearing Loss
There are many possible causes of hearing loss, with some of the most common including:
- Exposure to loud noise
- Recessive genetic conditions or syndromes
- Some medications
- Acoustic neuroma - a benign tumour on the auditory nerves between the ear and brain
- A buildup of earwax
- Some infections and illnesses
- Head trauma
- Listening to loud music