Hearing loss can affect people of any age.
One in six adults experience some degree of hearing loss, which increase to three in four above the age of 75.
Children are commonly affected as a result of glue ear, but some are born with hearing loss (congenital).
Hearing loss may also occur as a result of serious viral and bacterial infection including meningitis.
Other common reasons for hearing loss include, noise exposure, wax in the ear, ear infections, and sometimes a cause cannot be found.
The causes of deafness can be broadly grouped into:
Treatment depends on the cause. It is best to see an ENT specialist to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. Treatment often includes provision of a hearing aid.
If hearing loss comes on suddenly seek advice immediately from a specialist. It is an emergency, just like a sudden loss of vision. When treated within 24-48 hours the likelihood of regaining hearing increases significantly. This applies even if the hearing loss is just in one ear.
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