Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. — impacting about 48 million Americans.

Everyone loses some hearing as a natural result of the aging process but hearing loss can also be caused by a number of issues. Anything from obstructions like ear wax or fluid from an ear infection to more serious conditions like tumors, autoimmune disorders and diabetes can all cause hearing loss. Continued exposure to loud noises and some medications can also cause a loss of hearing.