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hearing loss

Gradual hearing loss that occurs as with age (presbycusis) is a common condition.


Symptoms may include:


  • muffled quality of speech and other sounds
  • difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd of people
  • asking others to speak more slowly, clearly or loudly
  • needing to turn up the volume of the television or radio
  • withdrawal from conversations

Causes may include:


  • gradual buildup of earwax - which blocks the ear canal and prevents conduction of sound waves.
  • damage to the cochlea - tiny hairs in the cochlea may break or become bent, and nerve cells may degenerate.  
  • ear infection and abnormal bone growths or tumors of the outer or middle ear
  • ruptured eardrum or other injury

Treatment may include:


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