August 15, 2008, Newsletter Issue #129: Determinants Of Hearing Loss

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Hearing Loss Determinants When diagnosed with hearing loss, there are an assortment of reasons why this has occurred, and might not be attributed to one factor. The main causes, which contribute to hearing loss, are occupation, health, age, the type of noise, and its frequency:

i. Occupation Hearing protection is important. For example, without hearing protection, someone operating a jackhammer can expect to be more susceptible to hearing loss then someone working in a library.

ii. Level Of Health How healthy a person is can also determine if they are susceptible to hearing loss. Depending on the cause of the hearing loss, it might be more pronounced in someone who is not healthy, and some infections can lead to hearing loss as well.

iii. The Type Of Noise This is a major determinant in hearing loss. For example, if the noise occurs from a lawnmower compared to an explosion, it would be expected the explosion would produce more sudden hearing loss compared to the lawnmower.

iv. Frequency Frequency is one of the main factors, which can contribute to hearing loss. Higher frequency sounds might cause more damage than lower frequency sounds.

Therefore, these are just a few of the many determinants to consider when looking at the causes of hearing loss.

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