Hearing loss happens when sound signals can’t reach your brain. There are a number of reasons why this might happen.
It can be a natural part of ageing, with signs starting to appear around your 40s. By the age of 80, most of us will have some degree of hearing loss.
Noise-induced hearing loss can happen if you’re often exposed to loud noises. For example, if you listen to loud music on your headphones every day, or you work in a noisy environment such as a nightclub or building site, this can damage your hearing over time.
It’s possible to develop hearing loss as a result of a single, very loud noise, such as an explosion. Hearing loss can also be caused by:
- Something blocking your ear, such as earwax
- A perforated eardrum
- An infection, such as meningitis
- A stroke
- A head injury