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Hearing loss affects 10 percent of all Canadian and is the third most common chronic health problem in elders. Hearing loss can occur gradually over time, so it is important to know the signs of hearing loss. If you think you are experiencing any of the signs of hearing loss you can get your hearing tested and hearing aids can be prescribed if hearing loss is present.

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hearing loss and in some cases, like noise-induced hearing loss, it can be prevented.

How to Tell If You Have Hearing Loss

Do you think you or a loved one might be experiencing hearing loss? There are many signs of hearing loss that you may be able to pick up on overtime. Some of the signs of hearing loss are:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the TV/radio volume to loud
  • Difficulty understanding words or high-pitched voices
  • You withdraw from conversations in social settings

When to See A Doctor

If you have sudden hearing loss, seek immediate medical attention.

Visit our clinic if your hearing is affecting your daily life. Age-related hearing loss does occur gradually, so you may not notice it at first.

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three main types of hearing loss. Each type of hearing loss affects a different part of the ear.

  • Sensorineural hearing loss: Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear. It can be treated with a prescription for hearing aids.
  • Conductive hearing loss: Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is obstruction in the middle or outer ear. It can be treated medically or surgically.
  • Mixed hearing loss: Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. It can be treated both medically or surgically as well as with hearing aids.


Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear, affects around 17% of the world’s population and in some cases it can greatly affect your daily life. Tinnitus is often a symptom of an underlying condition and can usually only be heard by the individual. There is no cure for tinnitus, but you can wear masking devices like hearing aids or undergo Tinnitus Retraining Therapy to learn how to deal with the sounds.

Causes of Hearing Loss

There are many potential causes and risk factors for hearing loss that might apply to you. Some of the most common causes of hearing loss can be:

  • Age-related
  • Noise-induced
  • Genetics
  • Heredity
  • Diabetes
  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Medication

Some causes of hearing loss, such as noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented by wearing custom ear protection.

Hearing Loss Prevention

One of the most common types of hearing loss can be prevented by wearing custom ear protection. You can greatly reduce the risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss by avoiding exposure to loud noises for a long duration or by wearing ear protection.

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