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Age-Related Hearing Loss

1 in 3 people over age 60 have hearing loss

1 in 2 people over age 85 have hearing loss

Hearing loss related to age is called presbycusis and it is a combination of changes to

Presbycusis typically is a high-pitched gradual hearing loss that can be noticed by the subtle changes in hearing over time. Common symptoms of presbycusis include having difficulty hearing female voices, children's voices, and background noises, as well as the loss of speech clarity.

 

Hearing lo ss due to aging can be worsened by other factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, noise exposure, and certain medications.

People with untreated hearing loss (those with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids) experience a decreased quality of life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and poor social relationships.

 

One way of treating age-related hearing loss is with hearing aids. Modern hearing aids are digital microcomputers that can automatically adjust to sound thousands of times per second, making speech comfortable and natural sounding.

Hearing Aid Facts

Common Signs of Hearing Loss

Prevention

Although hearing loss with age is inevitable, there are some steps you can take to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse. Day to day, you should consider avoiding loud sounds, using ear protection when around loud sounds, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

Research has shown that the "use it or lose it" principle applies to our ears. Untreated hearing loss can lead to deteriorated understanding of speech over time. Treating hearing loss early rather than later or putting it off is highly recommended.

 

If you think you or a loved one has a hearing loss, visit "Find an Audiologist" in your area and schedule a hearing screening today!

 

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