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Other Causes of 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

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The Hearing Center of Excellence fosters and promotes the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation and research of hearing loss and auditory injury. It supports the development, exchange and adoption of best practices, research, measures of effectiveness and clinical care guidelines to reduce the prevalence and cost of hearing loss and tinnitus among Warriors and Veterans. Read more

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