Do you ever think that everyone around you is mumbling? Most people in their advanced years don’t consider this truly “hearing loss” because it often occurs very gradually. If you are noticing changes to your hearing, the best thing that you can do is to get your hearing tested. However, while you may not notice it right away, it could surprise you to know that age-related hearing loss often goes untreated.
By the time you retire, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with some level of hearing loss, and if this is the case, you need to decide whether or not your hearing loss is affecting your quality of life. Age-related hearing loss is the type of hearing loss that often goes untreated, and understanding why can make a difference in your overall health.
What is Age-Related Hearing Loss?
Some forms of hearing loss are preventable, but age-related hearing loss is a little different. The medical term for age-related hearing loss is presbycusis, and it affects at least 60% of adults over the age of 75. This is because, as we age, the structure of our ears change, and the tiny hair cells that help conduct sound in the ear no longer work effectively. If your brain isn’t getting all of the information that you are hearing, you are going to lose sound in your environment. The problem is that most people don’t get help for their hearing loss and it then goes undiagnosed for several years, gradually decreasing quality of life and creating unnecessary hardships.
Top 3 Signs and Symptoms of Age-related Hearing Loss
- Difficulty understanding speech and mixing up speech sounds
- Difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise
- Turning up the TV, phone, or radio to levels too loud for other listeners
If you are ready to treat your age-related hearing loss, contact the clinic today to start your journey to better hearing!