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Avoiding the Most Common Causes of Hearing Loss The first cause of hearing loss is through ear infections. Ear infections are often the byproduct of a cold, sinus or throat infection, or an allergy attack. During these times, the Eustachian tube are easily blocked by swelling in the upper respiratory area, blocking the path for fluid to transfer from the middle ear down to the throat. The fluid creates a bit of a pool that is the breeding ground for bacteria and viruses to grow. Bacterial and viral infections are common during this time. If left untreated, these can turn mean, creating temporary or permanent hearing loss. Treating Ear Infections Early A good way to keep this from happening is by treating an ear infection as soon as it starts. An even better way to prevent this is to get treatment for your upper respiratory infections that come from time to time. Antibiotics and other cold medicines are designed to slow the swelling before it can affect the Eustachian tube. These drugs are more often administered by prescription so you’d have to go get the cold checked out before you could obtain the necessary medication. Why even let the infection have an opportunity to start? Stop it at its source early. Problems During Pregnancy Another problem can develop during pregnancy. Sensorineural hearing loss happens sometimes when a pregnant mother gets an infection herself. That infection can damage the baby’s inner ear, hurting their chances to hear throughout their lives. These infections could be German measles, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis, and Syphilis. German measles are characterized by a red rash, low fever, runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and headache. Cytomegalovirus is known to cause a high fever, sore throat, swelling in the neck. Toxoplasmosis is weirdly characterized by virtually no symptoms, but can be developed from touching cat litter or dirt, or eating raw or undercooked meat. So avoid touching those as often as possible when pregnant. Syphilis is the last of these. It is known for causing heart and brain problems, blindness, and death. Another cause can come during birth. Oxygen deprivation can hurt the hearing. Jaundice can too. Jaundice is a condition when the baby comes out of the womb with a yellowish hue to the skin. That yellowish hue is a sign of too much bilirubin in the blood. At such a young age, it has the potential of harming a baby’s hearing. Trauma during birth can also hurt the baby’s hearing. Trauma happens should they be injured during the birthing process. Once the kids are out, their hearing can still be affected by a number of childhood illnesses. Bacterial and viral meningitis can have this side effect. So too can mumps and chicken pocks. The inner ear is especially tender when these diseases are in effect. That’s why it’s so important to have them taken care of while they happen. Infections always bring the possibility of hearing loss. Problems due to Noise Finally, long exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss. This includes playing instruments in a small room, attending loud concerts, and being around loud machinery all day without hearing protection. If you take care of infections when they happen, avoid getting them while pregnant, and are careful with loud noises, you greatly increase your chances of keeping your hearing throughout your life (reducing the need for a free caption phone down the road). You only get one set of ears, keep them healthy so you won’t ever have to worry about finding a free caption phone.
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