How does hearing loss occur?

Hearing loss can have many causes, including: exposure to loud environments, illness, earwax, aging, physical damage (such as a perforated eardrum or damage to the nerve endings inside the cochlea) or structural abnormalities in the ear itself.

How can I help prevent hearing loss?

The easiest way to prevent hearing loss is to avoid unprotected exposure to loud noises, which can damage the nerve endings inside the cochlea. Studies show that prolonged exposure to sounds at or above 90dB can damage your hearing. Sounds at this volume can come from vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, chainsaws or loud music. Always wear earplugs whenever your surroundings are so loud that you have to raise your voice to be heard.


What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an involuntary sound perception heard only by the affected individual. It affects 10-15% of the population. While there is no cure, Beltone offers products that can help treat tinnitus and serve as a tinnitus masker.

Tinnitus symptoms typically include the presence of unnatural noises in the ear. It is often described as a ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling – even the sound of rushing water. These annoying, unwanted noises can be intermittent or persistent.

If you think you may have tinnitus, it is important to see a hearing care professional for an evaluation.


Tinnitus symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. There are many possible causes, including:

  • Aging or stress
  • Physical blockages (such as ear wax)
  • Fluid build up or infection/disease in the inner ear
  • High blood pressure/ hardening of arteries
  • Exposure to loud sounds (workplace noise, music, firearms)
  • Medications (prescriptions, over-the-counter remedies, vitamin & mineral supplements)
  • Overuse of artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tobacco & caffeine
  • In very rare cases, brain issues such as aneurysms or acoustic tumours

Tinnitus can be relieved through a few simple steps. Try to avoid loud noise. Control your blood pressure, and decrease salt and nerve stimulants, including coffee, cola, tobacco and aspirin. Monitor your stress level, and make sure to get ample rest and exercise. Support groups are available.