Hearing loss can take on many forms as we age and affect many aspects of your life, depending on the severity.
Hearing loss is one of the most common changes that occur as we age
In fact, one in three people in the US ages 65-74 suffers from hearing loss, and nearly half of those 75+ have difficulty hearing (according to the National Institutes of Health). It most occurs in both ears but because age-related hearing loss is so gradual it may not be obvious that you’ve lost the ability to hear.
It’s important to know the symptoms associated with hearing loss so you know when it’s time to seek help.
While there are a few different types of hearing loss and many different causes, the symptoms of age-related hearing loss typically begin with an inability to hear high-pitched sounds. Other symptoms may include:
• certain sounds seeming overly loud
• difficulty hearing in areas that are noisy (restaurants, etc)
• difficulty hearing the difference between “s” and “th” sounds
• ringing in the ears
• turning up the volume on the television or radio louder than normal
• asking people to repeat themselves
• being unable to understand conversations over the telephone
While age-related gradual hearing loss may occur, we can be proactive to avoid loud noises, reducing the amount of time you're exposed to loud noise, and protecting your hearing with ear plugs. These are easy things you can do to protect your hearing right now.
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