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Hearing Loss: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about hearing loss.

What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss occurs when your ability to hear is reduced. It is more difficult for you to hear speech and other sounds. The most common causes of hearing loss are commonly caused by noise and ageing.

Hearing loss is a complaint among people irrespective of their age.


There can be various reasons for the development of hearing loss and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.

Hearing Loss Facts – How is the ear Designed and What is its Function?


The primary function of the ear is to collect as much sound from the surrounding area as it can. An external sound will start its journey here and it will then enter a thin passage called the ear canal. Then in the middle ear the incoming sound will be amplified. It is able to do this with the help of the eardrum. The eardrum is a thin membrane also known as the tympanic membrane

  • You ask people to repeat themselves

  • You may misunderstand words or phrases

  • You have a ringing, clicking or buzzing in your ear

  • You find especially difficult to hear female or children’s voices

  • You are starting to focus more on lip reading that hearing

  • You receive complaints that the TV or radio volume is too loud

  • If you have notice any of these signed, you should consult a doctor.

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