About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss. Because the presence of a hearing loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes. In adults, the most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to hearing loss over many years. SNHL is the most common type of hearing loss and is caused by noise exposure, medications and age, to name a few. SNHL hearing loss (caused by excessive noise or aging) can be improved by wearing a hearing aid, and CHL hearing loss (caused by a mechanical problem) can be reversed or significantly improved with medical or surgical treatment, says Dr.
Basic Facts About Hearing Loss