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What causes presbycusis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Presbycusis, or hearing loss as we age, can be caused by genetic, environmental, and mechanical factors. A family history of hearing loss can make you more at risk for presbycusis. Exposure to loud noise, even for a short period of time, may contribute to a gradual diminishment of the ability to hear. Hearing may also be affected by a blockage of the ear canal. A common cause is a buildup of wax.

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