Meningitis, mumps, and measles are all thought to contribute to auditory nerve damage and hearing loss. Thankfully, these diseases are rare in much of the world. Other rare autoimmune conditions have also been linked to sensorineural hearing loss, and inherited genetics can predispose someone to sensorineural hearing loss.
Scientists have identified more than 40 genes that they determined directly contribute to different types of hearing loss, including sensorineural hearing loss. But let’s come back to noise for a moment. If you live in a city or near an airport or freeway, you could be exposed to up to 70 dB of noise on a regular basis. Music lovers enjoy their tunes at varying decibel levels, but most audio devices are easily capable of blasting out well over 100 dB - those who like to 'pump it up' could be unknowingly setting themselves up for future hearing loss.
Another, even more rare way to develop sensorineural hearing loss is to suffer a massive physical trauma to the head near the ear. Such a trauma can cause damage that in many cases is not reversible.
The good news is that most of us can act to reduce or prevent sensorineural hearing loss. Turning down the volume and avoiding ear trauma would offer a great deal of protection from sensorineural hearing loss, while treatment options are available for those who already experience the condition.
We highly recommend that you take our FREE online hearing test to learn if you are showing symptoms of hearing loss. Or book an appointment with one of our friendly hearing health professionals for more information.