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Sensorineural Hearing Loss & the Common Causes

Hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathway from the inner ear to the brain is referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. Over 90% of all hearing loss can be attributed to this with over 200,000 cases in the United States per year. It is considered a chronic hearing issue and can last for years or even be a lifelong condition. Here are some common causes, and ways to help prevent sensorineural hearing loss.

Your body changes as you age. Hearing loss is sometimes inevitable for older individuals, but making sure you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help slow the process.

Noise Exposure

If it hurts your ears, it is probably hurting your hearing. Protect your ears against firearms, heavy machinery, music, and other loud noises to help prevent sensorineural hearing loss. Simple ear plugs can provide great protection.

Head Trauma

Anytime your body experiences a significant fall, concussion, or sports related injury, your hearing system can suffer as a result. When partaking in aggressive or fast-paced activities, make sure to wear the proper equipment to protect your body.

Virus or Disease

High fevers, measles, meningitis, and mumps have been shown to reduce hearing abilities.


If hearing loss runs in your family, we recommend having your hearing regularly checked.


Certain medications like aspirin, antibiotics, and anti-cancerous drugs can have hearing loss repercussions. Converse with your doctor about the risks involved with taking medications. Read more on the effects of certain medications and prescriptions.

Treatments can help, but the condition cannot be cured and requires medical diagnosis. Contact us today at 970-266-8380 or for more information.