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Does Hearing Loss Get Worse Over Time?

This is a question for your otologist and hearing provider. Hearing loss tends to get worse gradually as we get older but each case is unique. In many cases, hearing is stable for many years. Some conditions – such as genetics, exposure to noise, and overall medical health – can impact the rate at which hearing loss progresses.

Talk with your hearing professional or otologist (ear doctor) about what you can do to prevent further hearing loss, such as protecting your hearing from loud noise.

Be sure to have your hearing tested on a regular basis, and ask the professional to compare exams to determine if your hearing loss is worsening. If a significant change is noted, see a medical professional (otologist or otolaryngologist) for an evaluation.

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