With so much damaging hearing loss being preventable, it is good to know the reasons for it.

These can vary considerably due to differences in people’s health, age, and work and social environments.

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The main causes of hearing loss in adults include:

  • Aging – almost 25% of people in the 65 to 74 age group have a disabling hearing loss, and 50% of people over 75
  • Long-term noise exposure from the work environment, hunting or military gunfire, or high-volume earphone use
  • Genetics – family history of hearing loss
  • Obstruction of the ear canal with earwax, a bug or small debris, a cyst, or other growth

Other less common causes of hearing loss include:

  • Inflammation of the ear canal because of a recent illness or ear infection
  • A damaged eardrum
  • Medications that are toxic to the hearing system (ototoxic)
  • Damage to the middle ear, usually from a fall or head injury
  • Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cognitive decline and dementia, depression, or diabetes

Any one of these can affect hearing health, and being able to diagnose the reason for your hearing loss can help our team of hearing professionals and me to choose the right treatment for it.

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

Recognizing and treating hearing loss in the first six months of a child’s life is crucial to their speech and social development later.

In general, hearing loss in childhood can be caused by:

  • Genetics
  • Head injuries
  • Ear infections
  • Perforated or burst eardrums
  • Deformities in the ear canal

Preventing Hearing Loss

Just because you identify with some of the causes mentioned doesn’t mean you will have a hearing loss, but it does mean you need to take more care looking after your hearing health to avoid any possible future loss.

Prevention measures:

  • Get a hearing assessment every year or two if you are older than 55 and match some of the main causes listed.
  • Wear hearing protection when around fireworks, gunfire, airplane engines, concerts, industrial equipment, etc. – earmuffs, earplugs, noise-canceling headphones, or earphones.
  • Keep the volume low on headphones and earbuds.
  • Manage any health conditions by following your doctor’s orders.
  • Exercise, get plenty of sleep, maintain a healthy diet.
  • Minimize alcohol intake; don’t smoke or vape.
  • Be aware of any prescribed ototoxic drugs and ask about non-ototoxic replacements.

Treating Hearing Loss

It is vital to treat any sign of hearing loss as early as possible to prevent further damage to your hearing system and to help keep you fully independent and able to continue working in your chosen profession.

Come visit us for a hearing evaluation to get a clear picture of your hearing ability.

If you don’t have any hearing loss, we can use the results as a measure to compare them against next time you come.

If you do, we can share treatment options with you that best fit your needs and lifestyle to come up with a viable plan together that helps you get back to hearing well.

Contact us today so we can answer any questions you have and set up your hearing assessment appointment. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2003, and earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA), and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association.
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    Dr. Kathryn Crane, CCC/A, CH-AP, Doctor of Audiology, joined North Houston Hearing Solutions in February 2021. Dr. Crane graduated with a Bachelors in History and a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and received her Doctorate of Audiology in 2014 from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Crane joins North Houston Hearing Solutions after many years at a large ENT practice in the Memorial area of Houston. She has developed significant experience and skills in comprehensive diagnostic audiometry and in the fitting of hearing devices. Though not a native Houstonian, Dr. Crane is a native Texan having grown up in Dallas, Bryan, and Austin. She has lived in Houston since 2013 and considers Houston home.
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    Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, Dr. Brooks has spent the last ten years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team.
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