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Hearing disorders are a class of disorders where the person’s ability to hear is reduced in some form. there are several types of hearing disorders where the amount of hearing loss varies in severity and cause. Some types of hearing loss are not treatable. People in the deaf community Hearing loss and deafness is not considered to be a disability but a unique difference to be celebrated with a whole culture and language (ASL).

Types of Hearing Disorders

  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
  • Presbycusis- Age Related Hearing Loss

Gradual loss of hearing which can be hard to recognize. This loss may progress to severe hearing loss or even deafness.

ADHD

Ringing in the ears/ Tinnitus

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

Otosclerosis

Menier’s disease

Tumors

Causes of Hearing Disorders

Age and noise are the most common causes of hearing loss. Other Causes Include:

  • Diseases and infections,
  • Certain syndromes:
    • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
    • Otosclerosis
    • Menier’s disease
    • Tumors
  • Medications and drugs,
  • Allergies
  • Poor Eustachian tube function
  • Ear damage:
    • Perforated Eardrum
    • Head injuries,
    • Blockage or malformation of ears.
    • Impacted earwax
    • Foreign objects in ear
  • Genetic factors,
  • Alcohol abuse,
  • Tobacco abuse,
  • Exposure to certain solvents and chemicals,
  • Cholesterol.

Some Treatments for Hearing loss include:

  • Earwax removal,
  • Hearing aids,
  • Cochlear implants.

Some types of hearing loss are not treatable. People in the deaf community Hearing loss and deafness is not considered to be a disability but a unique difference to be celebrated with a whole culture and language (ASL).