From the desk of Dr. Ruffin
Everything from loud noise, head trauma, ear wax, medications, genetics and infections can cause hearing loss. The earliest sign of inner ear damage is ringing in the ears. This ringing occurs as delicate inner ear structures are damaged from loud noise. Initially, it is usually temporary, but as inner ear damage accumulates, this tinnitus can become permanent. Further damage may result in hearing loss. Many people first experience it as difficulty hearing in background noise.