Other Factors that may lead to hearing loss
Diabetes aside, there are many other factors that can also contribute to hearing loss:
Aging. Exposure to sounds over the years can damage the cells of your inner ear.
Heredity. Your genetic makeup may make you more susceptible to ear damage.
Occupational noise. Jobs where loud noise is a regular part of the working environment, such as farming, construction or factory work, can lead to ear damage.
Recreational noise. Exposure to snowmobiles, motorcycles or listening to loud music, especially through headphones. For example, if the person next to you can hear the lyrics of the song through your earbuds the volume is too high and you risk hearing loss.
Loud Noises. Explosive noises from firearms and fireworks, can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss.
Some medications. Some drugs such as the antibiotic Gentamicin and certain chemotherapy drugs can damage the inner ear. Temporary ringing in the ear (tinnitus) or hearing loss can occur if you take very high doses of aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anti-malarial drugs or some diuretics.
Some illnesses. Diseases or illnesses that result in high fever, such as meningitis, may damage the cochlea.