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Hearing Loss & Deafness: An Overview
Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL)
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
Mixed Hearing Loss
Am I at Risk
Some people may be born with hearing impairments. For others, a decrease in hearing may occur over time. Sudden complete hearing loss is not common. Common risk factors for hearing loss include:
• Increasing age
• Loud noises, such as factory work, gunfire, loud music
• Ear infections, ear wax build-up
• Certain medications, such as some antibiotics (gentamicin), chemotherapy medications, high doses of aspirin or NSAIDS
• Certain illnesses, especially those that cause high fever
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