The two most common reasons for hearing loss are age and a loud environment.
“In both the natural aging process and in being exposed to loud sounds, the potential exists for you to develop hearing problems,” says Dr. Greta Stamper, a Mayo Clinic audiologist.
Dr. Stamper adds, especially in age-related hearing loss, issues can gradually develop over time. “It isn’t like a light switch where it’s either all on or all off. And you lose out when problems progress too far.”
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Stamper offers advice on when to get your hearing checked and what to do if a problem is discovered. Jeff Olsen reports.
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