Hearing loss can happen slowly or suddenly. It's often a natural result of aging. Long exposure to loud noise can make it worse.
If hearing loss is caused by something that can be treated, hearing will sometimes come back. But much hearing loss is permanent. Hearing aids and other devices can help.
Current as of: July 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Charles M. Myer III MD - Otolaryngology
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