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Hearing impairment

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Introduction
Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises.
Signs of hearing loss
While hearing loss is sometimes sudden, it is often gradual and you may not notice it at first. Being aware of the early signs can help you identify the problem quickly.
Causes of hearing loss
Age and loud noises are the most common causes of hearing loss.
Diagnosing hearing loss
You should visit your GP if you are having problems with your hearing. They will examine your ears and carry out some simple hearing tests.
Treating hearing loss
How hearing loss is treated will depend on the underlying cause of the condition.
Preventing hearing loss
The ears are fragile structures that can be damaged in many ways, so it is not always possible to prevent hearing loss.
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