This is hearing loss that continues to get worse as a person ages. It is also known as presbycusis.
Age-related hearing loss is the slow loss of hearing that gets worse as we age. It is also known as presbycusis.
The structures inside the ear can be damaged by aging, so some hearing loss is a normal part of aging. However, some causes of hearing loss have nothing to do with growing old. These include:
You have an increased risk for age-related hearing loss if you have:
You may have some hearing loss if:
People with hearing loss also tend to avoid social gatherings and participation in active discussions. Often hearing loss can be so gradual that a person is not aware of it. Family members and others may be the first to notice that you are asking that they repeat things they say.
Contact your healthcare provider if you or your family are concerned about your hearing. He or she will do a physical examination to determine if there is a medical cause for your hearing loss.
Although age-related hearing loss is usually permanent, there are things that can improve your confidence and quality of life. These include:
Bone-anchored hearing aids may also be an option if your hearing loss is severe. It is important to know that it will not make your hearing normal.
If you believe you have hearing loss, contact your healthcare provider.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
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