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What Medical Conditions Can Cause Hearing Loss?

A hearing evaluation can help to determine the cause of your hearing loss! 

Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of different factors including something as simple as aging or a sudden loud noise. However, other times, there are medical conditions that can cause damage to your hearing as well. Here are some medical conditions that can cause hearing loss.

Otosclerosis

This is when the bone in between the middle and inner ear is overgrown. Unfortunately, the cause is unknown. When you have Otosclerosis, you may experience dizziness, symptoms of Tinnitus, and hearing loss. It is most likely to occur between the ages of 11-30, with women being twice more likely to get it. There are some surgery options that can help to better your hearing.

Cholesteatoma

The most common cause of Cholesteatoma is a chronic ear infection. When ear infections occur repeatedly, pressure can start to build inside of the middle ear, causing the eardrum to retract. A cyst forms from this and as it gets bigger, it can cause hearing loss. Dizziness is also a symptom of Cholesteatoma, as well as some ear drainage.

Acoustic Neuroma

Your cochlea is the part of the ear that sends sound impulses to the brain. Acoustic Neuroma is when a non-cancerous tumor grows on the auditory nerve that is near the cochlea. It’s slow growing, but can begin to press on other nerves as it grows, impacting your hearing. There are surgeries that can be done to remove the tumor, but significant hearing loss often occurs as a result.

Ototoxic Drugs

It may be surprising to discover that ototoxic medications are a common cause of hearing loss. Ototoxic medicines typically affect older people who regularly take medication. Symptoms include vertigo and ringing in the ears. With some types, hearing can return back to normal once you are finished taking the medication. Some medicines that may cause hearing loss are

 

  • Large aspirin doses
  • Cancer treatment medications
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (nonsteroidal)
  • Diuretics used for heart failure & high blood pressure

Contact Bay Area Audiology Today for Your Hearing Evaluation!

Ready to do something about your hearing loss?  Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology, and provides the absolute best solutions.  Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations.  We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.

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