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August 2004

NHM Health Focus: Hearing Loss

Causes of Hearing Loss in Children

  • Otitis media (ear Infections)
  • Congenital causes
  • Acquired causes

Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults

  • Disease or infection
  • Ototoxic drugs
  • Exposure to noise
  • Tumors
  • Trauma
  • The aging process

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

The onset of hearing loss and deafness may be gradual or sudden. It may occur before birth or at any time during one's life. Helpful materials, including free publications, information for teachers and students, and classroom activities, are available from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

There are many ways to respond to hearing loss and deafness.

We can learn how the ear works, and understand the causes of hearing loss and deafness by visiting the following:

We can prevent hearing loss in our homes, schools, communities, and the world by:

We can understand the hearing impaired experience by:

We can support those who are:

Here are resources containing information about hearing and hearing loss available on our Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum web site: