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Other Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss or tinnitus can result from a range of conditions, injuries, illnesses, hereditary factors, environmental reasons, or foreign substances. Some specific causes of auditory problems include:

  • Blast-related or blunt-head trauma that results in a spectrum of injuries from debris in the ear canal to a perforated or ruptured ear drum to skull fractures that affect the auditory system
  • Virus or disease, such as autoimmune inner ear disease or Ménière’s disease
  • Aging
  • Malformation of the inner or outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structures
  • Otosclerosis
  • Tumors
  • Fluid in the middle ear, which may be associated with a cold
  • Otitis media, which is an infection of the middle ear, behind the ear drum
  • Allergies
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Impacted earwax or other foreign bodies in the ear canal, or
  • Infection in the ear canal

Quick Fact

#7

Extended, unprotected exposure to noises that reach 85 decibels (e.g., a blender or lawn mower) or higher can cause permanent inner ear damage.

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