Hi Angela My audiologist thinks that my hearing loss has been caused in part by listening to loud music when I was younger (I'm in my early 50's)in addition to the onset of early age-related hearing loss. I wear hearing aids in both ears but as Felicity says whilst hearing aids help they don't give me back normal hearing and I've learnt to lip-read (not very well) in the last 12 months to help to try and fill in the gaps in what I don't hear. My last haering tests in September this year showed that my deafness has got slightly worse so I'm starting to learn sign language before my hearing gets too bad. Regards ian