Uncommon causes of hearing loss

Uncommon Causes of Hearing Loss

If you’re relatively young, don’t listen to loud music, and don’t use loud power tools, you might think that you don’t have to worry about hearing loss. But while these are common causes of hearing loss, there are many causes that you may never have heard about before. Some of the less common causes of hearing loss include:

Car accidents

Although an airbag can save your life in an accident, their explosive deployment can be loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss.

Ototoxic medicines

There are hundreds of medicines that have the potential to cause permanent damage to your auditory nerves. Unfortunately, such as in the case of certain chemotherapy drugs, saving your hearing has to be secondary to preserving your life.


Cigarette smoke contains a number of chemicals and toxins that can have an adverse effect on your hearing. Even just second-hand smoke can raise your risk of hearing loss.


smoking causes hearing loss



There are a number of viruses and bacteria that can damage your hearing. But perhaps the most common of this uncommon cause of hearing loss is the Herpes Zoster virus. This virus causes chicken pox and can then later result in a case of shingles when you get older. This virus attacks the nerves. If it attacks the nerves in your ear, the result can be permanent hearing loss.


If you’ve experienced any of these risk factors, contact us for a hearing evaluation to find out if you are suffering from hearing loss.