The most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss is aging. As we get older, the small hairs in our inner ear become damaged, and are less able to transmit sound.
- Aging; after age 65, one out of three people has hearing loss
- Disease, such as mumps, meningitis or multiple sclerosis
- Excessive noise, often from work or listening to loud music
- Head trauma
- Birth condition, often if the mother experienced rubella (German measles) when pregnant