Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in North America.

It’s also on the rise with nearly 36 million Americans now reporting hearing loss. When hearing goes, it may affect quality of life and relationships. Certain conditions, including age, illness, and genetics may contribute to hearing loss.

Over several generations, modern life has added many ear-damaging elements to the list, including some medications and
plenty of sources of loud, continuous noise.

Advanced age is the most common cause of hearing loss. Researchers don’t fully understand why hearing decreases with age. It could be that lifetime exposure to noise and other damaging factors slowly wear down the ears’ delicate mechanics. Genes may also play a role.

Hearing loss in
different age groups

65-74 years old


75 years old and +


There are many different causes of hearing loss

It can be caused by work-related factors
of carpenters report some hearing loss
of plumbers report some hearing loss

Other noisy lines of work include the military, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation. Even musicians, who literally create music for our ears, are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Some now wear special earplugs to protect their ears when they perform. The earplugs allow them to hear music without harming their ears’ inner workings.

There are many different causes of hearing loss. It can be caused by home- or work-related factors, it can be hereditary, or it can just be a part of the aging process. Hearing loss can be triggered by a blast of loud noise, infections, the effects of toxins, by injury, or hereditary factors. The good news is that there are now solutions to successfully correct most types of hearing loss.