Morning Rounds: A look at hearing loss

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 13:30:02-04

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Dr. Blair Davison with St. Patrick Hospital explains some of the causes of hearing loss during the June 26, 2019 edition of Morning Rounds.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about hearing loss on its website, including the following:

Everyday sounds typically do not damage your hearing. However, many people participate in activities that produce harmful sound levels, such as attending loud sporting events and music concerts, and using power tools, which repeated over time will cause hearing loss.

Loud sound (noise) can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ear (tinnitus), and increased sensitivity to sound (hyperacusis).

Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years affects how well you hear later in life and how quickly you develop hearing problems, even after exposure has stopped.