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Risk factors for hearing loss

Sudden loud noises, like bomb blasts, or even Diwali crackers, can cause sudden and permanent hearing loss.

Risk factors for hearing loss

  1. Aging: Normally over 60 years, some hearing loss especially at higher frequencies starts. The normal wear and tear of sounds over the years can damage the inner ears cells.

  2. Loud noises: Occupational noise, such as construction or factory work, and recreational noise, such as loud music in concerts, the engine of a snowmobile or motorcycle, airplanes, can contribute to the damage. Sudden loud noises, like bomb blasts, or even Diwali crackers, can cause sudden and permanent hearing loss.

  3. Heredity: The genetic makeup may make one more susceptible to ear damage. The age related hearing loss may also start earlier.

  4. Medicines: Ototoxic drugs such as the antibiotic gentamicin can damage the inner ear. Temporary effects on ones hearing - ringing in the ear or hearing loss can occur if one takes very high doses of aspirin.

  5. Some illnesses: Diseases or illnesses that result in high fever, such as meningitis, may damage the cochlea. Viral diseases like mumps, and measles can also result in deafness.
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