Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate and our quality of life. It varies across our population and each individual’s hearing loss is unique. Age related hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process, but hearing loss has other causes including: medical conditions, occupational and recreational noise exposure, or rarely benign growths that affect the hearing and balance portion of our nervous system (a rare occurrence). Hearing loss may be greater in one ear than the other. Regardless of the cause, an accurate evaluation is critical to effective hearing rehabilitation.