Deafness is the inability to hear a sound. It has many causes and can occur at any age. People can go deaf suddenly as a side effect of a virus, or lose their hearing over time because of disease, nerve damage, or an injury caused by noise or physical trauma. Sudden or profound deafness is easy to recognize since there is such a noticeable change in hearing. Milder hearing loss may not be noticed right away since it often comes on gradually and most people just get used to it.
One of the most common birth defects is hearing loss, or congenital deafness, which affects as many as 3 in every 1,000 babies born. Genetics are also believed to play a significant role in hearing loss in the elderly. Other factors may include medical problems, environmental exposure, trauma, and medications.
Deafness may be caused by one of two ways:
- Conductive hearing loss occurs when something blocks sound waves from reaching the inner ear
- Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear, or to the nerves that send sound to the brain, and is more likely to be permanent and cause deafness
We will test your hearing loss to find out the root cause. Once we discover the exact reason you are suffering from a profound loss of hearing, there are many treatments that will be considered, depending on your individual case.