With the blessing of longevity, for some individuals, comes the slow decline of ones' hearing acuity. There are several causes for this condition, which iscalled presbycusis. For some it is hereditary, while for others it is due to years of exposure to loud noises. Hearing loss can also be brought on by certain chronic health problems, a head injury, tumors or medications. Whatever the cause, if you notice you seem to have difficulty in hearing things as sharply as you once did, it is important to have it evaluated, sooner better than later, by a qualified otolaryngologist (doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems). Recent findings are linking the loss of hearing to the loss of brain tissue. This loss of brain tissue can be associated with memory and sensory issues. Read more about this finding Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss.