Hearing 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.
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.