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when does hearing loss from loud music start to show up?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
It varies: Acoustic trauma in the form of hearing loss is variable, not all people exhibit it.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for hearing loss?|

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes and no: There is no magic pill that will cure hearing loss (hl). Classic hl is due to aging and hearing aids can help us cope. If the hl is due to chronic infections or other diseases, then surgery might be helpful. If you have absolutely poor to no hearing, an ENT can surgically place a cochlear implant in your inner ear to help you hear. In some, steroids have been used with some success.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the sound level (in decibels) that can cause hearing loss?|

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
ASHA: A good reference chart: http://www.Asha.Org/public/hearing/noise/.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it easy to communicate with hearing loss?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It takes effort: Provided that you don't want to use a hearing aid, there are options. 1. Face the person and talk while eliminating any background or competing noise. 2. Learn to read lips to help "fill in the blanks." 3. Most phones have volume controls and you can turn these up. 4. Use personal earphones when watching tv. 5. Electronic stores sell cheap alternatives to hearing aids.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can hearing loss due to age be treated?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Deafness: Anti-aging therapy e.g. Optimum healthy diet, treat nutritional and supplement deficiencies, treat vitamin deficiencies, do not smoke, avoid excess alcohol, avoid recreational drugs, moderate exercise. Lead an optimal healthy lifestyle. Treat any illness. See your physician regularly.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Might it happen that a cold causes hearing loss?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It's possible.: It can. If there is congestion clogging off the eustacian tubes and fluid builds behind the tympanic membrane it could impact hearing.

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