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January 02, 2017

Common among seniors and the elderly: Age-related hearing loss

Many senior older adults have a hearing loss. In most cases, they have an age-related hearing loss. But many are not aware that they have a hearing problem, because an age-related hearing loss develops slowly and gradually.

An age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.  When you have an age-related hearing loss, it normally occurs in both ears.

More and more

A hearing loss gradually occurs in most of us as we age. It is one of the most common conditions affecting seniors and elderly adults.  Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has self-reported hearing loss, mainly because of ageing. Nearly half of those older than 75 have age-related hearing loss.  Among people who are older than 80 almost all will have some degree of age-related hearing loss. 

More and more people around the world have an age-related hearing loss. The reason is that there are more and more people above the age of 60 and that we tend to live longer and longer.

Signs to look for

Because an age-related hearing loss develops slowly and gradually, many do not discover that they over time have lost some of their hearing. A classic symptom of an age-related hearing loss is problems hearing high-pitched sounds. Another common symptom of age-related hearing loss is problems hearing in situations with background noise.

Hearing aids

Age-related hearing loss is normally treated with modern, digital hearing aids. In cases with a very profound hearing loss, it may be treated with implants. There is no medical cure for age-related hearing loss.

Hearing aids will make people with an age-related hearing loss hear better again. The hearing aids will improve the ability to hear by intelligently using and strengthening the hearing ability that people still have.

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