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What causes age-related hearing loss?

In most cases of age-related hearing loss, there is an accumulation of damage to the nerve cells in the inner ear that are involved in conveying sound from the ear to the brain. Once this damage reaches a certain level, hearing loss becomes apparent. Other causes of this type of hearing loss may relate to poor circulation, hardening of blood vessels that supply cells within the inner ear, or certain medications.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 26 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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