How Does Deafness Occur?
How do you become deaf?
That is a silly question to ask but there are some people who
are born with it while others develop it later on in life. Here are some of the causes why
some people have deafness problems.
In the case of people in the music industry, studies have shown that deafness
problems are caused by loud music. Rock stars like Eric Clapton and Peter Townshend believe that playing in
concerts with the speakers at high volumes
causes this especially when these are close to you
on stage. Permanent damage can only happen if repeated and this business, if you are on tour, this is bound to
If you were an actor or actress, you could develop deafness problems as a result of an accident. William Shatner
and former President Ronald Reagan developed this from a loud explosion and gun shot that was fired too close to
where they were. The ringing sound did permanent damage to their ears
which is why the former
president had to wear hearing aid later on in his political career.
A sickness is another cause of deafness problems. Some athletes and celebrities developed a disease at a young
age and never recovered fully from it. Two good examples are Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone and athlete Jeff
Float. Although this presented a handicap, this did not stop these two individuals reaching for the stars.
There are also those who are born deaf and in most cases, this is genetic. This is caused by illnesses such as
cytomegalovirus (CMV), toxoplasmosis and herpes. Medicines that are used to treat these problems may also cause
damage to the hearing system especially ototoxic drugs.
If the infant is born prematurely, he or she is also at risk of being deaf or becoming deaf in the future. This
is because they may be born with severe jaundice or experience a lack of oxygen.
It is also possible that the child may lose their sense of hearing as a result of an accident.
Another possibility why you may soon suffer from deafness problems is aging. Studies have shown that as we age,
a combination of loud noise, stress, certain illnesses and medicine may make this happen.
You can also suffer from deafness problems if you work in a construction site or airport especially if you do
not have any protection.
Can deafness be prevented? In some cases yes while in others no. Since we have no control as to what happens
when the female is pregnant, it is hard to prevent that from happening but once the baby is out, there are steps we
First, as parents we should not bring our kids to places that have loud sounds. Since they are young, their ears
have not yet fully developed and are very sensitive.
As they grow older, you should teach them about proper safety techniques like wearing ear protectors especially
if they have to some home improvement work or when they decide to pursue this later on as a profession.
We should also watch their health because they could suffer from a disease that could give them this problem. If
the doctor is about to prescribe a medicine, make sure that one of its side effects is not deafness.