Hearing Loss

Learn more about hearing loss and other problems related to hearing.

What is Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss can be caused by problems in the outer, middle, or inner ear.

Types of Hearing Loss 
The type of hearing loss you have depends on what part of your hearing is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be acquired at birth or caused at any time by factors such as ear infections, loud noises, and certain medications.

Effects of Hearing Loss on Development
Hearing loss in children can lead to delays in speech and language skills, learning problems in school, and trouble making friends.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Central auditory processing disorder, or CAPD, leads to difficulty understanding the sounds you hear—including what people say.

Tinnitus is described as a variety of sounds such as ringing, hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, whistling, or clicking. It can happen in one or both ears.

Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children
Hearing loss in one ear could cause speech language delays in young children and trouble understanding where sounds are coming from.

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