Hearing loss is a common disability in the United States, affecting more than 28 million people. 14% of those aged 45-65, and 30% of those between the ages of 65 and 74, experience some form of hearing loss.
There are two types of hearing loss, sensorineural and conductive.
Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include, but may not be limited to, very loud noise, a viral infection
of the inner ear, certain drugs
, or Meniere's disease. In addition, sensorineural hearing loss may be hereditary.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when the three bones of the ear (ossicles) fail to transmit sound to the cochlea or when the eardrum is unable to vibrate because of some mechanical difficulty.
Recently, the Federal government warned of the resurgence of kernicterus
as a cause of hearing loss. Kernicterus may occur to newborns who suffer from jaundice
. Your doctor's failure to properly treat jaundice
that causes kernicterus, which subsequently causes hearing loss, may be malpractice.
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