The most common type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, affects your ability to hear faint sounds. It’s caused by damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways that carry sound to the brain.
Typically, sensorineural hearing loss happens over time. As it’s the most common type of hearing loss, it’s no surprise that there are multiple causes.
- Exposure to loud noise
- Aging (presbycusis)
- Medications that are toxic to hearing
- Hearing loss that runs in the family, whether genetic or hereditary
- Head trauma
- Malformation of the inner ear
Hearing aids are the most effective treatment for sensorineural hearing loss, unless the hearing loss is so severe that a cochlear implant is recommended. Technology has the ability to stimulate the affected nerves in the inner ear to bring back the sounds that were once unclear, or that were too faint to hear.
Hearing health is whole-body health. If you take preventive and educated measures when it comes to your health, you will be helping your hearing. If you have diabetes, keep your blood-glucose levels under control. Other medical problems like heart disease have been identified as having a connection with hearing loss, so maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Because of the connection between hearing loss and loud noise, you should use hearing protection while at loud events and in very noisy environments. How you treat your body and your hearing goes a long way to help you hear your best for life.