Hearing Loss Due to Aging: How It Happens

Posted by:gulf onAugust 23, 2017

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reveals age as the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults who are between 20 and 69 years of age, with the greatest incidence of hearing loss in the 60 to 69 group.

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Presbyacusis refers to the impairment of acute hearing in old age. Individuals would feel changes in their inner ears as they get older. The first sign of this is when they start having difficulty hearing high frequency sounds. Consonants such as s, t, k and p are the speech sounds with the highest frequencies. These changes will then cause a slow but steady hearing loss, which may be mild or severe, but is -always permanent. There is no known cure yet for Presbyacusis, but there are available options that can help patients maintain a normal life.

A study published in the journal “Clinical Otolaryngology” in July 2017 reveals new evidence suggesting that there is a substantial relationship between age-related hearing loss (ARHL) and both cognition and psychological status. The authors have noted on the importance of non-verbal cognitive tests, particularly for patients suffering from more severe degrees of hearing loss.

The most common causes of Presbyacusis include: 

  • Hereditary
  • Environmental factors
  • Occupational hazards
  • Specific medications

Symptoms of age-related hearing loss

  • Men’s voices seem clearer than women’s voices.
  • Voices sound muttered and slurred.
  • Difficulty hearing particularly in noisy environments
  • Occurrence of tinnitus, which happens when a sound of ringing or buzzing occurs inside the head
  • Headaches
  • Vision changes
  • Dizziness

Bear in mind though that these symptoms may relate to other medical condition. As such, self-medication may worsen the situation. It is always best to consult a qualified professional for a proper diagnosis.

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