Hearing Loss (cont.)
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Symptoms of hearing loss include:
Other symptoms that may occur with hearing loss include:
People who have hearing loss are sometimes not aware of it. Family members or friends often are the first to notice the hearing loss. Evaluate your hearing by taking a hearing loss self-test.
Which part of the ear is affected determines the type of hearing loss.
A mixed hearing loss, in which both the conductive and sensorineural systems are affected, can also occur.
Another type of hearing loss is central hearing loss. In this type of hearing loss, the ear works, but the brain has trouble understanding sounds because the parts that control hearing are damaged. It may occur after a head injury or stroke. This type of hearing loss is rare.
Undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can contribute to depression, social isolation, and loss of independence, especially in older adults.
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