Similar term(s): hearing impairment.
Hearing loss is a reduced ability to hear sounds in
comparison to normal hearing. Hearing loss ranges from slight to profound.
Hearing loss can be caused by aging
(age-induced hearing loss), illness or disease, by excessive
exposure to high noise levels (noise-induced hearing loss) or
by excessive exposure to loud sounds
(sound-induced hearing loss).
To read about this term in context:
GreenFacts Summary on Personal Music Players & Hearing:
Español: Pérdida de audición
Français: Perte d’audition