Developing hearing loss can be the result of many different factors, including genetics, aging, noise exposure, medications, conditions/diseases, etc. With that being said, obtaining a baseline hearing test will enable you and your family members the opportunity to see how well you are hearing at this point. While hearing is affected by
different causes, the one cause that you can absolutely control is noise exposure. A rule of thumb is that if the incoming noise is louder than a vacuum cleaner, ear protection should be used.
I hope this information is helpful and if there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Dr. Heather Untied-Leonard