Age-related hearing loss is normally treated with modern, digital hearing aids. In cases with a very profound hearing loss, this can 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 not restore the “normal hearing” of our younger years. Instead, hearing aids improve our ability to hear by intelligently using and strengthening the hearing that we still have.
Age-related hearing loss most often gets worse slowly and develops over time, just as our vision changes as we age. Therefore, it is important to get your hearing checked regularly and maybe also get your hearing aids adjusted when you have an age-related hearing loss.
How do we get an age-related hearing loss?
Age-related hearing loss is a sensorineural hearing loss that occurs when the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are damaged or die as we age. Contrary to many of our other cells, the hair cells in the inner ear do not re-grow or regenerate. So far, there is no medical cure or surgery for age-related hearing loss.
If you think you have an age-related hearing loss, you should have your hearing checked with a hearing test. Contact your family doctor (GP), an ENT or a hearing care professional. They can help you find out if you have an age-related hearing loss and may benefit from the use of hearing aids.