What is Hearing Loss? What Causes It?

Hearing loss is a major public health issue that is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Gradual hearing loss can affect people of all ages — varying from mild to profound. Typically hearing loss is a sudden or gradual decrease in how well you can hear. Depending on the cause, it can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

What is Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is an invisible condition; we cannot see hearing loss, only its effects. Because the presence of a hearing loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes.


In adults, the most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging. There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss.

In age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, changes in the inner ear that happen as you get older cause a slow but steady hearing loss. The loss may be mild or severe, and it is always permanent.


Noise-induced hearing loss may happen slowly over time or suddenly. Being exposed to everyday noises, such as listening to very loud music, being in a noisy work environment, or using a lawn mower, can lead to hearing loss over many years.

More often than not sever tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) will accompany the hearing loss and may be just as debilitating as the hearing loss itself.

Why waste any more time without hearing what the world has to say?

Bell Hearing Instruments was established in 1988. But the story goes back much further than that. Gaining extensive experience in the hearing aid division while employed by Zenith/Zenetron Corp in Chicago, several employees were relocated with the company to the Tampa Bay area in the 1980’s. Opportunities and a chain of events led these employees to regroup and establish Bell Hearing. Fast forward to today, our retail stores have earned the reputation of being a leaderin the bay area for our affordable factory direct pricing and excellence in service. Being the actual manufacturer allows us to offer new hearing aids for all budgets and needs, and we can repair most makes and models on-site at our factory location in Oldsmar. We also have close relationships with other major manufacturers so if your needs require a fitting beyond our Bell brand, we can provide you with what is needed. We offer local in-home services for those who are unable to come to the office.