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Aging & Hearing Loss

Posted on Aug 15 2017

By Dr. Rubin, CMO, EverCare

 

Aging & Hearing LossHearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting elderly adults.
Approximately one in three people ages 65-74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of adults older than 75 have trouble hearing.

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS

See your doctor if you:

  • Have trouble hearing over the telephone.
  • Often ask people to repeat themselves.
  • Need to turn up the TV volume that others can hear well.
  • Have difficulty hearing because of background noise.

Sudden Deafness is a medical emergency. Immediately seeks medical care!

CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS

  • Inner ear damage from constant loud noises (e.g. lawn mowers, high-volume music, use of headphones, heavy machinery, trains); may result in permanent damage
  • Accumulation of ear wax and/or fluid build-up
  • Ear infections (viruses and bacteria)
  • Foreign objects placed into the ear(s)
  • Subsequent rupture of the eardrum
  • Heart conditions, strokes, tumors
  • Medications (e.g. large doses of aspirin, NSAIDS, certain antibiotics)

DEVICES TO ASSIST HEARING

  • Hearing Aids: These popular devices help amplify sounds. There are many types of hearing aids; an audiologist (hearing aid specialist) will help you pick the best one for your needs.
  • Alerting Devices: These connect to doorbells, alarm clocks, and smoke detectors to send a loud signal or blinking light.
  • Cochlear Implants: These are electronic devices for people with severe hearing loss.

TIPS

IF YOU HAVE A HEARING PROBLEM

  • Don’t keep it a secret! Hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed of.
  • When speaking with someone, let that person know you have a hearing problem; if needed, ask him or her to reword a sentence and try again; ask people to face you and to speak more clearly and loudly.