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Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss may be caused by:

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Hearing is sensitive and easily damaged. Sound stimulates tiny hair-like cells in the inner ear. These vibrate and send auditory messages to the brain, but when noise levels are too loud for too long, cells can be damaged. When the cells no longer send signals to the brain, hearing is lost. Damage usually occurs slowly over a number of years and may go unnoticed until it is too late.

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